The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 56
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tives and demanded that they be brought before any treaty would
be signed. When the chiefs claimed that they had no other cap-
tives, General McLeod, who was in command of the Texans, or-
dered a company of soldiers into the house and told the Indians
they were under arrest, and that they would be detained until
they sent the rest of their company for the prisoners and brought
them in. This statement immediately precipitated a fight in the
council room, which spread to the warriors outside. All the chiefs
and warriors were killed, and twenty-seven women and children
were taken prisoner, the Texans losing seven killed and eight
wounded. The women were kept prisoners while one of their
number was sent to inform the Comanches what had taken place
and to say that the Texans were willing to exchange prisoners.
A few .days later she returned with two white captives and four
or five Mexicans, and proposed to exchange them for her people
and pay the difference in horses. She was informed that all the
white prisoners must be brought in."
In revenge for this battle at San Antonio, the Indians planned
an extensive campaign. Aided by the Mexicans and some Kiowas,
a band estimated at from four hundred to a thousand Indians
suddenly attacked Victoria on the evening of August 6. The
citizens had had no notice of their coming, but they managed to
take refuge in the center of the town, and put up an effectual
resistance, losing only a few persons and a considerable number
of horses. They made another attack the next day, which also
failed, and then they crossed the Guadalupe River and attacked
Linnville on the coast. The inhabitants took refuge in a lighter
on the Gulf, but the Indians burned the town and carried away
most of the goods and cattle that they could find. In the mean-
time volunteers had been collecting, who, joined by regulars and
rangers, intercepted the Indians at Plum Creek. Here under
General Felix Huston, the Texans fought and defeated the In-
dians, killing from fifty to eighty, and recovered all horses and
prisoners. The Indians were pursued for some distance, but the
main body made its escape.
Not content with the defeat of the Indians at Plum Creek, the
Texans determined to send an expedition into the Comanche coun-
aReport of McLeod to Secretary of War, March 20, 1840; Telegraph
and Texas Register, April 15, 1840; Bancroft, North Mexican States and
Texas, II, 324; Yoakum, History of Texas, II, 298; Brown, History of
Texas, II, 175.
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