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History of Fannin County, 1886-1843
molded a great many bullets. Every lodge had two or three little
bags of powder and lead, tied up in equal portions; and, at one
lodge, a sort of blacksmith shop, where we found a set of black-
smith tools. We found over a half bushel of molded bullets, and
we found also some sergeant's swords, musket flints, rifle and
musket powder, pig lead, rifle and musket balls, which we sup-
posed they must have taken from the place where the regular army
had buried a portion of their ammunition. They had all manner
of farming utensils, of the best sort, except plows. In some of the
lodges we found feather beds and bedsteads.
We felt convinced that if the Indians could ascertain the small-
ness of our numbers, they might, with so great a number, by taking
advantage of us at the crossing of the creeks with such immense
thickets in their bottoms, which we were compelled to cross, if
not defeat, at least cut off a great many of our men; and if we
had remained in the village all night, it would have given the
Indians time to have concentrated their forces, ascertained our
numbers, and with ease have prevented our crossing a stream the
size of the Trinity. It was deemed advisable, therefore, to take
up the line of march and cross the Trinity that night. At five
o'clock with our poor dead companion tied across a horse we left
the village, marched twelve miles back on the trail we came, crossed
the Trinity, and camped in the open prairie. The next morning
twenty-five miles from the village we buried our friend, and in five
more days we arrived in the settlements.
We had one killed; one badly and one slightly wounded.10 The
Indians had twelve killed, that we counted; and a great many
more must have been killed and wounded, from the quantity of
blood we saw on their trails and in the thickets where they ran.
We brought in 6 head of cattle; 37 horses, 300 pounds of lead, 30
pounds of powder, 20 brass kettles, 21 axes, 73 buffalo robes, 15
guns, 13 pack saddles, and 3 swords, and divers other things not
The exact burial place of Denton has been the subject of acri-
monious discussion and endless controversy. Andrew Davis says,
At 11 o'clock we halted on a prairie on the south side of a creek,
with a high bank on the north. On one of these elevations Captain
Denton was buried-tools having been brought along from the
village for that purpose. His grave was dug a good depth, a thin
rock was cut so as to fit the bottom of the grave, similar rocks
being placed at the sides, and at the head and feet. Another rock
""Report of Acting Brigade Inspector William N. Porter to Secretary
of War Branch T. Archer, June 5, 1841," Indian Papers of Republic of
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