The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 280
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
There were several narrow escapes during the fight; a ball broke
McLochlan's ramrod, another his gun lock, and still another went
through his powder horn and let the powder out. One went
through a handkerchief on his head and cut his hair, and another
went through his coat.
We arrived at the Fort that night, Saturday, the 7th of Jan-
uary, 1837. I started the next morning with four men for Col-
orado Fort to carry out the orders I had received, and have never
been back to the battle ground since.
Next day Lieutenant Curtis sent McLochlan there with about
fifteen men to bury the dead. He arrived after nightfall and
from various signs concluded the Indians were still there. He
sent one of his men on to the Falls of the Brazos by a roundabout
way to inform Major Smith; and himself returned with the rest to
Little River Fort. The messenger sent disseminated the news
along the way, and it got down to Nashville and to the few set-
tlements below clear to Washington County, creating considerable
fear of Indians. On the night of the 9th of January, just after
I arrived at the Colorado Fort with the news, and about the time
McLochlan got back to Little River Fort with the supposition that
the Indians were still around, a big snow storm came up and sleet
and ice delayed all movements.
I got back to Little River Fort on the 16th, and learned from
Curtis that a dozen men from the Fort had now gone down to meet
some more from the Falls and that, with what volunteers they
could muster from the settlements, a big battle was to be given
the Indians. That same evening of the 16th of January, the men
who had gone from it, and Major Smith with his men from the
Falls, arrived at Little River Fort. They had found Childers un-
touched where he had died at the battle on Elm Creek. The In-
dians apparently remained only long enough to gather up their
dead, which according to their own statement later was ten.
At the time we attacked them they were within eight miles of
Walker's house, where Neil McLennan's family and his son-in-
law's family were living. McLennan himself, with his son and
two negroes, was at work on Pond Creek twelve miles higher up.
Women and children left alone might have suffered the next day
had we not then turned the Indians from going farther down the
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