The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 385
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The Battle of Dove Creek
The disbanded militia started for home immediately. The
Bosque and Coryell companies traveled by way of Mukewater
Creek, Pecan Bayou, the Leon River, and Hulls Creek; the
Bosque County group reached home on January 21, 1865.51 In
the meantime, Totton and eleven men had returned to the scene
of the Dove Creek fight. Here he found that the Indians had
apparently left the encampment the night after the fight "aban-
doning all their camp equippage" and other property. Totton
I trailed them into the plains. Their course was due West toward
the Pecos River. It is my opinion that they went to that stream. They
left more than $5000 worth of property in their camp, to wit: about
I,ooo Buffalo hides; 250 ovens or skillets; about 2oo saddles, and
other things too numerous to enumerate. Frying pans, pots, buckets,
brass kettles, camp kettles, tin cups and pans, axes and coffee mills,
by wagon loads. We found large numbers of their dead [no specific
number given] concealed in the surrounding thickets unburied. Every-
thing that we saw at their camp denoted that they were in regular
communication with the Federals. Their camp consisted of 200 wig-
wams and lodges. The most of them were from 12 to 18 feet in length,
and from o10 to 15 feet wide. From the most correct estimate that I
can make of their strenth, there must have been at least 600 warriors.
From all indications I think it was their intention to have wintered
near the Concho, and at the rising of the grass in the spring send
their families north, and with the assistance of the Jayhawkers and
other Indians endeavor to break up our frontier settlements.52
Totton spent January 19, 1865, on the field of battle and started
on the long trek home the following day. He arrived at Meridian,
Bosque County, on January 29, 1865, after more than forty days
on the trail. The Dove Creek expedition had traversed more
than three hundred miles of the Texas frontier to catch a band
of unknown Indians, and, after locating them, had been defeated
in the unnecessary fight that followed.
S1Scrutchfield Papers, Archives, University of Texas Library.
n2Totton's Report, Houston Telegraph (undated), Confederate Papers, Archives,
Texas State Library.
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