The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 74
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to us in broken English, "Howdy do, my friends," he said, "You
from Houston's camp ?" We told him that we were. Then he
said, "Get down, me tell you." We got off our horses and let them
graze, and the Indian said, "I am a Tonkaway; I live on the
Trinity; I took my wife and children and went to the Brazos to
hunt, and the Mexicans took me and my wife and one boy and
tied us, but did not tie him (pointing to a smaller boy). They
kept me there, and by and by a Mexican came and said that
Santa Anna and all of the Mexicans were killed except him." He
said that Houston had two thousand Americans and twenty-five
hundred Indians. That they were all drunk, and came up out
of the ground, and out of the clouds right into the camp, shooting,
yelling, and killing all but him. Then the Indian said, "The Mexi-
cans commenced putting all the big guns in the river, and left me,
my wife and little boy tied down. I told my other little boy to
cut me loose, and then I cut my wife loose and my boy, and we
ran across the river, and started home. I stopped here to hunt,
and soon I shall go home." They gave us something to eat and
tied some dried venison to our saddles, and we then bade them
After this nothing of interest happened until we got to where
my father lived, five miles north of Nacogdoches. We found no
one at home, for my father had taken my mother and the children
to Sabine County, and had rented land there and planted crops.
There were a few families that had come back to their homes from
what was known as the "Run away Scrape."
It is impossible to tell of the courage and fortitude of our women
at that time. The streams were all overflowed, and the bottom
lands were from a foot to waist deep in water. The younger and
stouter women would take the feeble ones on their backs and shoul-
ders and wade through the water to dry land, set them down, and
then go back for another load, and continued until all were over.
There is no one who can do justice to the women at that time.
God bless the women of Texas!
I stayed with my uncle two nights and a day, then I went to get
my mother and father, and moved them back home. About the
first of July we commenced to plant corn, and made enough to do
us the next year. On the 6th of October I married Miss Emily B.
Whitaker. Her father died while I was in the army.
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