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was placed over the body, and the grave filled up. Thus was
buried one of God's noblemen.12
Brown tells substantially the same story, adding that the body
was buried "not far from where Birdville now stands."'3 The
remains were exhumed in 1860 by John Chisum, whose father,
Claiborne Chisum, took part in the Village Creek Fight, and
buried in the yard of the old Chisum ranch house. In 1901 the
Old Settlers' Association of Denton County removed the remains
and reburied them on the courthouse square in Denton, where a
tall monument stands in honor of the pioneer preacher, lawyer
and soldier. 4
The rite of burial performed, the party traveled up the country
west of the Cross Timbers until they struck their outward trail
at the site of later day Gainesville, and thus returned to Ft. John-
son about the twenty-sixth of May.l5
Not content with the partial victory of his spring campaign,
Tarrant made preparations for a more extensive expedition to be
carried on against the Indians of the Trinity area during the sum-
mer of 1841. Thus in July a much larger force recruited from
the entire Red River section gathered at Ft. Inglish. The volun-
teers between four hundred and five hundred in number, assembled
from the fifteenth to the twentieth of the month, and organized by
electing William C. Young, colonel, and James Bourland, lieuten-
ant-colonel. John Smither was made adjutant and among the
captains were William Lane, David Key and Robert S. Hamilton.
The expedition marched southwestward into the region traversed
by Tarrant earlier in the year. At the same time General James
Smith with a Nacogdoches group moved into the same area from
the south. Neither force succeeded in finding Indians, nor did
they join one another, although the hostiles, frightened by Smith's
approach, deserted their camps just in time to escape Tarrant's
attack. After some weeks the regiment returned home and dis-
banded. Thus the Indians of the Trinity area were dispossessed
of their homes and forced to seek places of abode elsewhere, and
""'The Story of the Fight and Captain Denton's Death," The Dallas
Morning News, October 6, 1900. Quoted in Bates, History and Reminis-
cences of Denton County, 23.
'sBrown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas, 87.
14Bates, op. cit., 23.
-"Brown, op. cit., 87.
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