The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 27
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Religious and Educational Efforts Among Texas Indians 27
Through the interpreter he invited the Indians to church. Their
Chiefs came and brought a number of Indian men and women
with them. While we were preaching one of the chiefs spoke to the
interpreter and said, "Tell that again."
The interpreter paused, and the Chief turned to another chief
and that chief related what the interpreter had said to the third
chief, in quite another language after which turning to me said
"proceed." After the services had ended, the several chiefs assembled
and held a council terminating it, as the interpreter expressed it
with the message, "tell the old preacher we are pleased with the
talk, and will return to hear more of it."
Subsequently, I preached a few times and a call was made on
the agent to raise one hundred and twenty-five chosen warriors to
repel an invasion made by some hostile Indians. The warriors, with
their squaws and papooses, assembled at the agency on Saturday
before my regular appointment on Sunday. Agent Ross requested
I should preach to the Indians at night, which was done, and the
schoolhouse was literally crowded, the Indians sitting all over the
floor. The religious services were introduced through the inter-
preter, and I preached without one, because so many tribes and
tongues were represented. I asked the Great Spirit to preserve them
in battle and give them a successful victory. There seemed to be
great interest in the congregation. I prayed, also to the Great
Spirit, to take care of the squaws and papooses of the warriors
until their return.14
The following morning the Indian warriors left early. After
twenty-eight days they reached the camp of the enemy and won
a signal victory. When they returned Captain Ross visited the
tent of the Waco chief and found him smoking a cigarette. When
he observed the agent he said,
The old man (meaning Mr. Tackitt) was right, for you know he
talked with the Great Spirit and asked him to give us success.
I have been on the warpath the most of my life, engaged in many
hard fought battles, and never saw such success as yesterday. We
killed about 75 of our enemies and lost but one white man and one
Tackitt's powerful sermon was preached on April 22, 1858.16
1"Excerpts from the diary of The Reverend Pleasant Tackitt," Weatherford
Times, March 27, 1886.
leShapley P. Ross and John S. Ford to Robert S. Neighbors, July 15, 1858, United
States Office of Indian Affairs, National Archives (Photocopy, Archives, University
of Texas Library).
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