The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 484
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The next day Captain Cooke reappeared before the Snively
group. Having considered the hazards of the Texans' long
journey home, Cooke offered all who wished it an escort to
St. Louis. Forty-two of the Snively men accepted this offer."'
The other Texans chose to attempt the journey home and pro-
ceeded in hopes of rejoining Chandler.
On July 3, Snively and his party rejoined Chandler and
members of his group."0 Still there lingered in Snively's mind a
possible hope of capturing the caravan, probably after the United
States dragoons left that body. An Indian attack on July 4,
however, ended all possibilities of such a plan."'
After the fight with the Comanches on Owl Creek, Snively
and his party headed southward for home. Traveling eight
or ten days, they halted on Antelope Creek, a small tributary
of the Canadian River. There they hoped to rest their weary
mounts, but once more fate was against them for a large group
of three or four hundred Comanches attacked them." The fight
continued for several hours with the Indians showing little
inclination to rush the Texans. Believing the Indians to be re-
ceiving reinforcements for the next day's struggle, Snively and
his men withdrew under cover of darkness and once more
struggled on the homeward trail. Finally, on August 6, the
remainder of the Snively expedition arrived in the confines of
Bird's Fort. As its predecessors, the Snively expedition had
resulted in utter failure.
Two years of military operations by Texas against Mexico had
accomplished little and had settled none of the basic differences
between the two nations. The subsequent annexation of Texas
by the United States would only add to the existing difficulties
and ultimately lead to a full scale war.
actions see Houston to Congress, December 12, 1843, in Williams and Barker (eds.),
Writings of Sam Houston, III, 464-465; Jones to Van Zandt, September 29, 1843,
in Garrison (ed.), Diplomatic Correspondence, II, 215; and Calhoun to Van Zandt,
April 24, 1844, ibid., 301-302.
"John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin, 1876), 93.
6oSnively to Hill, July 9, 1843, in Garrison (ed.), Diplomatic Correspondence,
e1J. W. Wilbarger, Indian Depredations in Texas (Austin, 1935), 53-
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