The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 27
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Colonel Lee's Report on Indian, Combats in Texas
Benjamin Jones, Robert W. Turner and Wm. McLean, who for
nearly three hours assisted him "in trailing a single moccasin
track over and through ravines fringed with the densest under-
growth, a dangerous and by no means easy task." He also notices
for their soldierly conduct Corporal John N. Smith and private
Francis M. Alexander.
Sixth. On the 24th of January, 1860, 1st Sergeant R. H.
Chapman, of Company A, 2nd Cavalry, left Fort Mason12 on a
scout, with one bugler and nine men of his company. Discovering
an Indian trail on the second day out, he followed it rapidly for
about one hundred miles, overtook a party of eighteen Indians,
and immediately attacked them. Notwithstanding the inferiority
of his force and the strength of their position, he killed four of
their number, and captured thirteen horses, when darkness put
a period to the fight. The Indians fought with obstinacy, and
sustained themselves against repeated attacks made on foot and
horseback. The Sergeant had two horses killed and his own and
three others badly wounded. He mentioned the valuable services
of Messrs. James B. Riley, Thos. B. Ives and Robert Casey, who
accompanied him as volunteers. Mr. Ives was wounded.
Seventh. On the 27th of January, 1860, Sergeant Craig, a
corporal and thirteen men of Company C, 2nd Cavalry, were des-
patched from Camp Lawson13 by Lieut. Royal,14 in pursuit of a
party of Indians that had committed depredations on the Leona.
On the 29th, having been previously joined by seven citizens, the
party came upon eight Indians, immediately attacked them, killed
four, badly wounded two others and captured their horses, twenty-
one in number. Privates Blythe and Flinn were wounded. Great
credit is awarded Sergeant Craig and his party for their energy
and bravery, displayed in the pursuit and fight.
Eighth. On the 30th of January Captain R. W. Johnson,15
12Fort Mason, Mason County, Texas; established July 6, 1851; aban-
doned, March 23, 1869.
"Camp Lawson: 75 miles S. E. of Fort Inge.
"Lieut. William Bedford Royall, later Colonel of the 4th U. S. Cav-
alry; retired October 19, 1887; he was brevetted Brigadier General for
gallantry in action against hostile Indians at Rosebud Creek, Montana,
June 17, 1876.
"'Richard W. Johnson graduated at West Point July 1, 1849; ren-
dered distinguished services during the Civil War and retired a Major
General October 12, 1867. His "Memoir of Major General George H.
Thomas" is a valuable contribution to history.
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