The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 49
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Memoirs of Major George Bernard Erath
after we all got together and went on; but they then turned back,
found Bonnell and Hicks, who had at last struck our trail, behind
them. They carried the two men back and, while busy plunder-
ing our camp, sent Bonnell under guard into a boat. Hicks was
told to push the boat from shore and to jump in. He obeyed,
pushing the boat from shore, but jumped in the other direction
and made for the bank of the river. Guns were fired after him
but he escaped, and he, without so much as a pocketknife for a
weapon, walked all the way to Victoria, swimming streams and
sustaining life in a manner hard to conjecture. It is supposed the
Mexican guard, exasperated at Hicks's escape, shot Bonnell in cold
blood, as that was the last heard of him.
We had a very good open route during the first day, but in at-
tempting to travel at night, got retarded, and at ten o'clock found
ourselves at the same place that we had been at dark. We pro-
ceeded at daylight and that evening arrived at a' watering spot
known as the Palo Blanco, on a trail leading to San Patricio.
The place was only sixty miles from Mier.
Buckman and his party, who were ahead of us, also got lost on
their way from the Rio Grande, and we fell in with them in a
few days, but did not remain with them. After we reached and
crossed the .Nueces we separated into small parties, the better to
find game, which was scarce except for wild horse. Chalk, St.
Clair, and a young man named Oldham remained with me, and
we four were the first to arrive at the San Antonio River, at
Goliad, then unoccupied. The river was swimming. We saw six
men over on the other side who had just crossed on a raft of logs
and doors drifted down from houses above. They offered it to us,
if one of us would swim over for it. In response to our questions
concerning something to eat, they said they had just killed a
fat wild horse and if we joined them at their intended camping
place some six miles further on we could share it with them.
They camped on the trail to Lockhart's house on the Guadalupe.
We hurried on and found them waiting for us with plenty of
broiling horse meat stuck on sticks. Those six men were Tom
Green, Henry and Ben McCulloch, Captain Gillespie, Katy, and
the name of the sixth I have forgotten.". With the first three I
1Probably Dr. Edmund J. Felder.-L. A. E.
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