The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 23
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Colonel Lee's Report on Indian Combats in Texas
which have not been previously noticed in orders, either from
General or Department Head Quarters.
Many scouts and expeditions in which high soldierly qualities
were evinced are not mentioned, it being the purpose to notice
only those in which actual conflicts took place.
First. On the 29th of September, 1859, Lieut. Wm. B. Hazen,'
8th Infantry, with two non-commissioned officers and eight men
of Company F, 8th Infantry, left Fort Inge2 in pursuit of a party
of Indians that had carried away two negro boys, and driven
off a large number of horses belonging to Mr. H. Ragsdale on
the Frio. The pursuit was commenced at tattoo on the evening
of the 29th September, and, notwithstanding a heavy rain and
chilling norther, was prosecuted with so much vigor that the
Indians were overtaken at the head of the Nueces river, and im-
mediately charged. The Indians attempted to escape, but were
brought to bay after a rapid chase,-one of their number killed
and one wounded,-when they again took to flight over a broken
country, and eluded pursuit by dashing down the precipitous bank
of a ravine and into a dense cedar brake. Had not the Indians
been mounted on fleet American horses, the attack would have
resulted more disastrously to them. One of the negro boys (the
other had been killed by the Indians), and one hundred and thirty
horses were recovered.
Lieut. Hazen commends his entire command for their excellent
conduct throughout the pursuit and attack: He was accompanied
by Mr. Ragsdale and two other citizens, and he acknowledges the
valuable services rendered by Mr. Forest.
Second. On the morning of the 30th of October, 1859, Lieut.
Hazen again set out from Fort Inge2 with a non-commissioned
officer and seven men of company F, 8th Infantry, in pursuit of
a party of Indians, reported to have killed two citizens living
near Sabinal, Texas. During the two first days of the pursuit
he was joined by two parties of citizens, numbering fifteen each.
The trail was pursued with vigor until the morning of the 3rd
of November, when the Indians, eight in number, were overtaken
in camp, immediately attacked, and four of them killed on the
'Lieut. Winm. B. Hazen later became Chief Signal Officer. (See "Fron-
tier Times," Vol. 9: 571-74.
'Fort Inge: 2 miles S. W. of Uvalde, Uvalde County, Texas, estab-
lished March 19, 1849; abandoned, February 28, 1869.
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