The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 41
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History of Fannin County, 1836-1843
leader. The volunteers moved the same day to Ft. Johnson (near
the present site of Denison), built the previous winter by General
Cooke. Here they remained some days awaiting the arrival of
tardy members of the party.'
Different accounts vary as to the number of men who took part
in the campaign. Lemuel Cochran, the orderly sergeant, reported
eighty, while Henry Stout placed the total at seventy. Porter's
statement that there were sixty-nine on the main expedition clears
this discrepancy in view of the fact that Holland Coffee, W. A.
Wallace, Silas Colville and seven others left the expedition and
returned after a few days to Coffee's Station. The names of ap-
proximately half of the men who took part in the expedition are
known, and are given here for the first time in a tabulated list.
From Fannin County there were John Yeary, Daniel Montague,
Andrew Davis, Jackson McFarland, William H. Gilbert, William
R. Baker, Lemuel M. Cochran, James G. Stephens and Wiley B.
Merrill. Red River County was represented by Edward H. Tar-
rant, John B. Denton, Henry Stout, William C. Young, James,
William, and Mack Bourland, John L. Lovejoy, Claiborne Chisum,
William N. Porter, Richard Hopkins, Elbert Early, Calvin Sulli-
van, Lindley Johnson, Alsey Fuller and Andrew J. Fowler. Others
whose residence has not been fully determined were: Samuel
Sims, Isaac Parker, Alex W. Webb, John M. Watson, Daniel Wil-
liams, Hampton and Littleton Rattan, Jack Ivey and one Pickens.
On the fourteenth of May the party moved westward along the
Chihuahua Trail, with Jack Ivey," a mulatto halfbreed, acting as
guide. Since it was believed that the Indians were encamped on
the West Fork of the Trinity near the present site of Bridgeport,
the expedition moved west of south, passing through the Lower
Cross Timbers and crossing the middle fork of the Trinity. The
fourth day out they changed their line of march a little more to
'There are two important sources in which the accounts of this ex-
pedition are recorded by participants: "Report of Acting Brigade In-
spector William N. Porter to Secretary of War Branch T. Archer, June
5, 1841," DeShields, Border Wars of Texas, 355-359. Reminiscences of
Andrew Davis, in Phelan, History of Methodism in Texas, 400 f. In
addition, John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas, 85-87,
has preserved an account founded on the personal memoirs of James
Bourland, William C. Young, Lemuel M. Cochran and Daniel Williams,
as well as personal interviews with Henry Stout, John M. Watson, Alex
W. Webb and James G. Stephens.
'Jack Ivy is frequently mentioned by early trappers and explorers and
was a well known figure among the Indians.
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