The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 253
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A Reconnoissance in Texas in 1846
Locust Elm etc. thence to Mason Byiou 4 miles through the
same kind of country then to Harrison Burg by Sicilly Island
22 miles. Land low wet and rich to the Island then low wet and
poor all sickly unfit for the habitation of white men. Harrison
is a small place the inhabitants look like they live by pilfering
and other small tricks peculiar to Lousiana from Iarrisonburg
to Nacatosh 90 Miles the Country exceedingly poor-pine hills
or low pine slashes all has the appearance of being quite sickly
the inhabitance look like no other race of people I ever seen at
little river 40 miles from Harrisonburg T C Moore shot at a
very large Alegator the first I ever saw the night of the 12 at
iHarvies we started various smoke fires to drive away the mus-
quitoes but in defyance of every defence we could make they
came near making a clean sweep of both men and beast 5 or 6
miles from Harrisonburg we came across 18, or 20 men search-
ing the woods for rogues said to be encamped in the neighbour-
hood, the larger portion of whom we verrily believe to be rogues
themselves however they kindly cautioned us to keep an eye
on our horses.
From Harrisonburg to Nackitosh Corn scarse and dear and
but little disposition manifested by the inhabitants with whom
we were so unfortunate as to become acquainted, to accommodate
strangers, upon the whole our unanimous opinion is such a coun-
try and such a Population as we have attempted to describe
cannot be found anywhere else this side of the infernal regions.
From H-arveys to Starkes 33 miles roads sandy, and fair, soil
of the kind, the last grade the setlers poor and mean
14th to Meadows 7 miles west of Nackitosh, when we crossed
the Bougee a. channel said to have been made since the country
was settled. It is now the main Red river and in the summer
draws off all the water from the old channel, in high water
both channels are navigable the bottom at this point 10 miles
wide, which is said to be rather more than an average. the
Road bad. Land rich-very rich, a deep stiff mulatto soil some
call them red lands all with more or less sand. timber Large
plenty and pretty good, the bottom subject to overflow from one
to twelve feet all owned by rich planters and worth from 50 to
100 dollars per acre. Nackitosh a business place inhabited
pretty much by sharpers from Nackitosh to the Sabine River
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