The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 43
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History of Fannin County, 1836-1843
without offering any resistance. There was still a third village
in sight below toward which a portion of the party began to advance
on foot as their horses were about spent. The savages there,
having recovered from their surprise, opened a desultory fire.
Tarrant, seeing that his command was becoming badly scattered
and deeming it advisable to establish a common rallying point,
ordered the men to fall back to the second village captured. A
roll call showed that not a man had been killed, although a dozen
were horseless and as many as eight slightly wounded. Tarrant
commended the men for their good behavior and ordered them to
prepare to advance within fifteen minutes.
John B. Denton now sought permission from Tarrant to take
a party and scour the woods for retreating Indians, a great number
of whom had gone northward toward the Trinity. His request
being granted, he took ten men and rode out along a trail that led
from the northwestern part of the village. Bourland, accompanied
by Andrew Davis, Henry Stout and ten others, departed from the
northeastern side of the village. Stout, who was really in charge
of Bourland's party on account of his extensive knowledge of
Indian warfare, halted when he came to the juncture of the two
trails a mile and a half below the point of departure. Andrew
When Captain Stout came to this point he halted and addressed
his men, "Here the trail from the west unites with ours; a great
many Indians have gone out on both trails, and from the large
cottonwoods in sight we are near the river. I think it imprudent
for a little squad of men to enter such a trap, for if the Indians
make a stand at all it will be near the river."
Just then some one said, "I hear the sound of horses' feet."
Captain Stout said, "That is Denton; we will wait until he
comes and we will consult."
When Denton came up, he said, "Captain, why have you
Stout repeated to Denton what he had just said to his men, but
added, "I am willing to go as far as any other man."9
Each of the two leaders seemed to have been piqued by the atti-
tude of the other. Denton spurred his horse ahead with Stout
and the men following. Bourland and Calvin Sullivan rode across
a muddy branch after some horses, but the remainder of the party
"Bates, History and Reminiscences of Denton County, 21.
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