The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 29
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
The Surveyors Fight
A general fire was kept up by both sides. The Indians nullified
the concealment and cover afforded the surveyors by bushes and
banks of the ravines by climbing trees and firing into the
surveyors' position. Every little while some one was killed or
Having seen the necessity of dislodging the Indian snipers
from the trees, Cox, the new captain, took a position on the
bank behind the lone cottonwood tree. During the following
hour he killed about ten Indians. Finally, while exposing
himself in order to shoot, he was shot through the spine and
fell back from the tree. When he called for help, Lane jumped
upon the bank, took the wounded man by the shoulders, and
pulled him into the ravine. Cox was mortally wounded and
died in about two hours. Before his death he gave Burton one
of his pistols and asked him to give it to Mrs. Cox, which Burton
did.14 Again the party was without a leader, but it was mutually
agreed that all would remain together and use their discretion in
When Cox fell, the Indians shouted with joy and charged
the surveyors' position, only to be thrown back by a deadly fire
from rifles and pistols. The Indians continued to charge, first
one bank and then the other, but were always driven back.
At this time about fifty mounted Indians made their appear-
ance on a ridge about 250 yards distant. They beckoned to the
surveyors and called, "Kickapoos good Indians, come to Kick-
apoos." This incident was believed to be a ruse. As he was ex-
hausted and unable to fight, Spikes, who incidentally was eighty-
two years of age, said that his days were numbered at best and
determined to test the Kickapoos' sincerity. He mounted, rode
toward them, and was killed.'6 Although wounded, Richard
Davis, of San Augustine, attempted to ride through the Indians'
line. He was caught and also killed in the sight of the party.17
Sometime between eleven and twelve o'clock the party de-
cided to make a break for the timber bordering Richland
14In 1934 the pistol was in the possession of Cox's son, John P. Cox of Hillsboro,
then sheriff of Hill County.
15Love, Navarro County, 41; Lane, Adventures, 27; De Shields, Border Wars, 248.
16Love, Navarro County, 41.
ITlbid.; Brown, Indian Wars, 48.
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/47/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.