The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 76
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known as the C6rdova settlement, was only a mile and a half above
my father's. The men went through this settlement and found
the horses; a Mexican was herding them. They arrested the Mex-
ican, and started home with him and the horses, but they had not
gone more than two miles when about thirty shots were fired at
them. One of their men, Frank Hamilton, was killed; the other
three or four men retreated, and brought the news to the fort.
A party was sent from the fort to bring Hamilton's dead body
home. They saw no Mexicans at the settlement, except a few
women. We notified General Rusk and Colonel Douglas at Nacog-
doches of the affair, and the next morning there was not a man,
woman or child to be found. General Rusk soon had two or three
men on their trail. They went right into the Cherokee Nation.
Bowl, their chief, was ready for them, so just as soon as Rusk
could overtake them the battle known as the Cherokee battle took
place. Bowl was killed in this fight by Colonel Robert Smith,
who knew him well. The Mexicans and Indians retreated, and
General Rusk sent word to the people west of there, but the
McCullochs intercepted them with their commands, and gave them
a terrible thrashing, and those who were left made their escape
in small bodies.
Soon after this, my father went to look after some land certifi-
cates, in what is now Navarro County, while resting one day at
noon, on Pin Oak Creek, he was ambushed and killed by the
Previous to this, a Baptist preacher, whose name was J. T.
Bryant, had come to Texas, and was teaching a little school where
the old Union Church now stands. Occasionally he preached at
This Union Church was the first Baptist church constituted in
the State. By this time we had courts organized as an independent
nation. Court was in session at the time, and my wife's oldest
brother was on the jury. He came home one Tuesday night very
much depressed, and had nothing to say. His wife said to him,
"Mr. Whitaker, what is the matter with you ?" He said, "Noth-
ing." Then she said to him, "Has anybody been killed today?"
He answered that there had been no fuss in town.
By this time supper was ready, and we all sat down to eat.
Whitaker was still so silent that his wife again asked him if any-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909, periodical, 1909; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101048/m1/84/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.