The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 47
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Memoirs of Major George Bernard Erath
we had imagined the call. Bonnell declared he had been listening
intently and had not heard it. Just then the words came again
and Bonnell did hear. But still we could get no other words to
our questioning. Bonnell returned to his belief that we had heard
nothing. Buckman said he had heard enough, and thought it
time to leave camp. He called for all who wanted to go with
him, and mustered about twenty, each having from one to two
extra horses; one man went off leading five with their heads and
tails tied together.
Probably twenty-two or twenty-three of us still remained in
camp. I prepared to go, and there were thirteen with me. Each
had a led horse with saddle, saddle bags, baggage, and provisions,
but in general the horses were those of our messmates who had
gone into Mier. I brought home to his family the horse of Wiley
Jones, who started out with me. The rain had again commenced.
After going about a mile and a half, hardly knowing where, as
we had left the river, we heard the sound of a gun some distance
off. It was after midnight; we camped. At daylight we mounted
again to start back to the river, but halted for a council to deter-
mine which way the river lay. The rain had ceased, but it was
very cloudy. We were at an open place on a trail. One of the
men, Pierce from Washington County, being well mounted, vol-
unteered to go back and look about the camp we had left to find
out if those remaining there were still safe and if any more news
had been heard from Mier. I lent him my pistol, and he started,
accompanied by another of the party whose name I cannot re-
member. We were to wait for them till nine o'clock; then, if they
had not returned, to go on without them. At nine the men be-
came anxious to go on. I went back to hunt Pierce, knowing that
the men would not go far without me. I had not gone over three
hundred yards before I heard talking in the brush on my left.
I turned thither and found about a dozen of the men we had left
in camp the night before, and with them two of my messmates
escaped out of Mier, Chalk and St. Clair. We all returned to my
party of men, and delayed for Chalk and St. Clair to eat some-
thing; they had been long without food. By that time Pierce and
his companion had got back. They reported that they had found
the camp deserted by all except Bonnell and Hicks, who were at
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924, periodical, 1924; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/m1/53/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.