The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972 Page: 78
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and the date of posting, as well as the use of one address on the
inside and another on the envelope. Buchanan was identified by
Ewell as the county seat of Johnson County prior to 1866."
The letter is published here with all young Bostick's original
spelling and grammar. Some punctuation has been added to facilitate
Dec. 25th, i86o
Texas Johnson Dear Father & Mother Brother & Sister friends in
County jeneral. I am again permitted to inform you all that
I am not dead yet not knowing though how long I may live. I
am in as good health as yousal hopeing that these few lines may find
you all injoying the Same health. I have nothing animateing to
write you all, the Scearcity of money & the abolishionist & the dam
Indians is makeing the times in this county look verry gloomy. Tell
Cas I would have like for him to bin with me Some time ago. I took
a trip Some time ago out in the Indian Country Some two hundred
miles weast of where I now live. I got in a little fight with a Ca-
manche Indian & by the by he found his Self Shot dead on the ground
& me a takeing of his Skelp." I will infold in this letter a lock of
his hair to prove to you what I have Stated a bove.' The Indians
has bin mity troubblesome in this Country for the last two months
back; the Indians has kill about ten or twelve of the whites' Stolen
pretty near all of the horses. Texas is makeing up Companies to go
out to kill them all off." I exspect we all will See Some bloody
times this winter.
sIbid., 41-42, 101. Quote is from pages 41-42.
8During i86o incidents between the settlers of that area and the Indians occurred
frequently, and what is known as "The Reservation War" was underway. Numerous
Indian raids took place, some of which have been described as quite brutal. Rupert
N. Richardson, The Frontier of Northwest Texas, 2846-1876 (Glendale, California, 1963),
2o5-20o8. Ewell, History of Hood County, 8o-81, also relates accounts of Indian attacks.
4Enclosed in the letter was a lock of hair approximately three-eighths of an inch in
diameter and eight inches long. Flecks of grayish matter were still visible.
'Richardson, Frontier of Northwest Texas, 209, states that on November 27, 186o, four
women, a lad, and a man were killed in a nearby county by a band of Indians, and other
raids in the general area were reported. Ewell, History of Hood County, 31, tells the
story of an Indian attack in the fall of 186o, when J. E. Phillips was killed.
OCaptain Sul Ross described an Indian campaign in the area in December, 186o,
in which seventy volunteers augmented a military detachment sent out against the
Indian leader Peta Nocona and his followers. Other groups also went out from time to
time. Josiah W. Wilbarger, Indian Depredations in Texas (reprint; Austin, 1967), 835-337.
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