The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 301
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Diary of a Campaign Against the Comanches
Saturday Evening, Sept. 15th. 1839--We left Mouston and en-
camped about 5 miles in an open Prairie. We here waited to pre-
pare and complete our equipments.
Thursday Morning 19th. were ordered to get up our horses for
marching. Then such a bustling and fixing that none knew how
to proceed. We were most of us provided with Pistols Bowie
Knives Belt Knives Etc. which we could very easily manage to
carry, but there was our Cooking Paraphrenalia. No one seemed
willing to take the responsibility of carrying. They were there-
fore divided off into messes of 8 each, each one taking his propor-
tion of the cooking whereabouts.
Win. F. Wilson was elected Captain Wm Turner first Lieutenant
and Jas. M. Branham Second Lieut. The Roll being called we
were ordered to mount and took up our line of march. Proceeded
to Mr. Wheatons. Slaughtered a Beef, Etc. Etc. It may be well
to describe the mode of keeping our horses together. Being about
60 in number this required great care. Each Horseman was re-
quired to have a Cabrace or LARIETTO by which means they were
attached to a stake or tree so that a certain area of ground can be
given to each horse without interrupting its neighbor.
Friday 20th. Passed a ravine which opened on the 30 Mile
Prairie. This is one of the fairest samples of the Celebrated
Texian Prairie. On our right was spread the boundless Prairie
as far as the eye could reach until its green verge was lost in the
dim edge of the horizon. Vast herds of deer could be seen graz-
ing in every direction together with the vast variety of flowers,
gave everything a cheering aspect for as we travelled along in
double file and close order some solitary horseman would strike
up some lively air when he would be joined in chorus by the whole
Friday 20th. Arrived at Brazos Bottoms encamped for the
night wearied as might be expected after riding all day over a
level Prairie and under the scorching influence of the sun.
Saturday 21st. Proceeded through the Bottom 5 miles to San
Filipe encamped 2 miles above San Filipe stands on the right
bank of the Brazos, on an elevated position. A few scattering
buildings are now only visible since it was burnt in the Revolution
of 1836 there has been but little building. Distance from Houston
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