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pushed on down the little stream across a corn field and came to a
road leading to the creek. Here Denton halted. Stout rode to
the front, remarking, "If you're afraid to go in there, I'm not."
Denton answered sharply, "I'll follow you to hell. Go on." In
approximately three hundred yards they found a well-worn buffalo
trail that formed a fair ford. There they descended into the bed
of the creek with Stout leading and Denton riding next. After
having gone some thirty paces down the stream, they were fired
upon by Indians concealed in the heavy underbrush along the
bank. Stout, although in front, being partially protected by a
small tree, was shot through the left arm. Denton, immediately
behind him, was shot at the same instant. He wheeled his horse
about, rode up the bank and dropped dead. He had received three
wounds; one each in the shoulder, arm and right breast. The
others of the party, except for Captain John Griffiin, did not come
In the midst of the confusion John Yeary called out, "Why in
the hell don't you move your men out where we can see the enemy?
We will all be killed here." Stout answered, "Men, I'm wounded
and powerless. Do the best you can for yourselves." The men,
thoroughly demoralized, fired a few random shots and began an
irregular retreat, but not before one of them had taken Denton
from his saddle and laid him upon the ground. The party re-
turned to the village where Bourland called for volunteers to go
to the creek for Denton's body. He was not scalped nor was his
The attack was not pursued further, and Porter in his report
makes clear the reason for the cessation of hostilities:
From the prisoners we had taken we had learned that at those
villages there were upward of one thousand warriors, not more
than half of whom were then at home. The other half were hunt-
ing buffalo and stealing on the frontier. I-Iere was the depot of
the stolen horses from our frontier, and the home of the horrible
savages who had murdered our families. They were a portion of
a good many tribes-principally the Cherokees who were driven
from Nacogdoches County; some Creeks and Seminoles, Caddos,
Kickapoos, Anadarcos, etc. We counted two hundred and twenty-
five lodges, all in occupation, besides those we could see a glimpse
of through the trees in the main village. They had about three
hundred acres in corn, that we saw; and were abundantly provided
with ammunition of every kind. They had good guns and had
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