The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 42
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the southwest and on the following day came to the rumored village
which they found deserted although there were signs of recent
occupancy. Tarrant was afraid to fire the sixty or seventy empty
lodges that composed the village lest from their elevation the smoke
and flames would attract the attention of any near-by Indians, and
therefore he had them destroyed by axes.
They changed their line of march the next day (the twentieth)
to the southeast down the west side of the Trinity, but deviating
from their course on the twenty-first they crossed the high divide
and made camp on the East Fork of the Brazos. Finding no
Indian signs, they again turned and marched eastward until they
struck the Trinity near present-day Fort Worth. On the night
of the twenty-third they camped in the fork of Fossil Creek and
On the next day they crossed from the east to the west side
of the Trinity7 along an old buffalo trail that led diagonally down
the river. Upon the discovery of fresh Indian signs, scouts were
sent ahead to reconnoiter. These returned with the report that
there were Indian villages some three miles in front of them. At
nine or nine-thirty the main party arrived within three hundred
yards of the encampment and took a position behind a thicket.
There they were given five minutes in which to divest themselves
of their blankets and packs and to prepare for a charge into the
village on horseback. Tarrant addressed the men briefly, saying:
"Now, my brave men, we will never meet on earth again. There
is great death and confusion ahead. I shall expect every man to
fill his place and do his duty."8
They swept forward on the run, yelling and firing, and in an
instant possessed themselves of the village. The men at once began
to scatter into small parties. James Bourland and some twenty
men, including Denton, Cochran, and Lindley Johnson, crossed the
creek and found a road along which they galloped down the valley
northward toward the river. In about a mile they discovered
another and larger camp than that they had just taken. The occu-
pants of the second camp fled into the thickets fringing the stream
'Rather, as the river flows eastward at this point, they crossed from
the north to south side in a southeastward direction.
8Bates, History and Remriniscences of Denton County, 20. This is from
the Dallas News, October 6, 1900.
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