The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 31
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Colonel Lee's Report on Indian Combats in Texas
the thickets on foot. Three of their number were badly wounded.
The stolen horses were recovered, and the bridles, blankets, leg-
gins, quivers, etc., of the Indians captured. Much credit is due
to Corporal Rutter and his party for persevering in the pursuit,
notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, and the unfavor-
able condition of the country, which obliged even the Indians
to seek shelter in camp.
Twelfth. Major George H. Thomas,16 2nd Cavalry, in return-
ing from an expedition to the head waters of the Concho and
adjacent country, discovered on the 25th of August an Indian
trail, which with twenty men of the Regimental band and of
company D, 2nd Cavalry, he immediately followed. After a pur-
suit of about sixty miles, he came up with the party--eleven in
number-as they were preparing to leave camp the next morn-
ing. Owing to an almost impassable ravine that intervened, the
Indians were enabled to gain some distance, but after a chase
of four miles, were pressed so closely that they abandoned their
animals and took to flight. One warrior, more resolute than
the rest, kept his position in the rear of his party, when sud-
denly dismounting faced his pursuers, determined to sacrifice
himself for his comrades' safety. The troops pressing upon him
too eagerly, several of his arrows took effect, before he fell,
pierced by twenty balls. Major Thomas was wounded in the
chin and chest. Private Wm. Murphy, of company D, severely,
and privates John Zito and Casper Siddel, of the Band, slightly.
Private Hugh Clark, of company D, becoming disabled by a kick
from his horse, the dying Indian rushed upon him with his lance,
but had only strength to inflict a slight wound. Chief bugler
Hausser, also received a lance wound in his chest. The rest of
the Indians, mounted on fresh and fleet horses, escaped; the
cavalry horses having been completely exhausted by the long and
rapid pursuit. Twenty-eight horses were captured.
Major Thomas commends the good conduct of his men, and
gives special praise to Lieut. Lowe, the Adjutant of the Regi-
ment, for his kind and judicious treatment of the wounded.
(Signed) R. E. Lee,
Bvt. Col., Commanding Dept.
"6Major George H. Thomas, known in history as the "Rock of Chicka-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936, periodical, 1936; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/m1/39/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.