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Volunteers, Captain Wyatt, perished at the same time.' Thus the
"brunt of the first onsets was borne by hundreds of brave men
who had left their homes in the United States to fight for Texas,
and whose blood was poured upon her soil." Among these were
some three-score or more Kentuckians whose lives were sacrificed
in consequence of the quarrel between the governor and the coun-
cil and the lack of co-operation among the military authorities,
the result being the paralyzing of all effective and concentrated
efforts against the enemy. Between twenty-five and thirty escaped
out of the more than three hundred who were led out to execution.2
Among these were the following Kentuckians: John C. Duval,
who saved his life by swimming a river and taking refuge in a
dense thicket upon the other side;" -' Sharpe, John and S. Van
Bibber; Captain Benjamin T. Bradford ;4 Daniel Murphy, who was
slightly wounded in the knee; Charles B. Shain,5 of Louisville,
who suffered greatly in his feet by reason of having lost his shoes
and being compelled to make his way through "prickly pears,
briars, and grass stubble," before he was found by spies and car-
ried to camp. Another Kentuckian, whose life was spared, was
Benjamin F. Hughes, only sixteen years old. In addition to the
above, these are also said to have escaped: J. D. Rains, fourth
sergeant in Captain Wyatt's company; Bennett Butler, Perry
Davis, H. G. Hudson-the last two escaping, it seems, on the re-
treat of Ward-and John Lumpkin, whose life was spared., The
1Captain Wyatt was absent upon leave at the time of Fannin's disaster.
HI-s company, which, with Duval's, formed part of the second or Lafayette
battalion, is said to have been under the command of his first lieutenant,
Benjamin T. Bradford, who, apparently effected his escape during Ward's
retreat, and hence was not present at Goliad at the time .of the massacre.
2Cf. Foote, Texas and Texans, II, 207.
"See Corner, "John Crittenden Duval," in THE QUARTIBLY, I, 46-67; pp.
59-60 give his itinerary between November, 1835, and May, 1836.
'Kentucky Gazette, May 23, 1836. Captain Bradford was one of those
who were engaged in the action at Refugio Mission. A company styled
the "Paducah Volunteers," some twenty or thereabouts in number, under
Captain King, was also engaged on this occasion. Yoakum, History of
Texas, II, 455. Cf. Kentucky Gazette, June 2, 1836, and Lexington Intel-
ligencer, May 20, 1836.
'See TI-IE QUARTERLY, IX, 203-204. The account here cited states er-
roneously that only some half-dozen of Fannin's command escaped.
'Baker's Texas Scrap Book, 572.
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