The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 272
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272 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
a poor lone man - there are seventy men just behind: go take them!"
This was addressed to five hungry chaps, who had hardly strength to have
committed petit larceny on a hen-roostl
FIGHT WITH THE APACHES*
Our fellow citizen, Maj. B. W. Gillock, who left here on the 21st ult.
on express to Maj. Smith's train returned on the 11th. inst. from the
Pecos River, having left on the 3d. inst. He had reached there on the first
inst. - - - About half an hour before Major Gillock left the Pecos, an
express arrived from a train of 12 wagons loaded with corn, which were
on their way down to El Paso to supply the train under Capt. Johns
of the 3d. Infantry, then on the Pecos taking the stores sent up under
Maj. Smith. The corn and wagons belonged to Mr. Coons, who it will be
remembered owns the rancho opposite El Paso, the headquarters of
Major Van Horn. On reaching the Guadalupe Mountains about 90 miles
this side of El Paso, Mr. Coons who had only about 15 men with him
was attacked by a party of Apaches numbering 70 or 80. - - - Mr. Coons
and his party charged the Indians and were supposed to have killed some
of them, but he retreating immediately the number could not be ascertained.
Of the Americans one man was killed. Mr. Clements Howard was shot
in the arm, a valuable mule Mr. Coons was riding was shot from under
him and his saddle said to be worth $500 was taken by the Indians.
Thompson, a well known express rider, had his clothes torn almost entirely
from his back by balls. Coon's train then returned toward El Paso 26
miles to a salt lake to find favorable ground for defense and sent express
to El Paso for assistance. Two Companies of the 3d Infantry came out
from El Paso and escorted Coon's train to this side the Guadalupe Moun-
tains. - - - The express then left them and came to the Pecos.
The Apaches are said to be well armed, some of them having six shooters.
Their great hostility is ascribed to the attacks on them by parties of
Americans in the employment of the Frontier States of Mexico, prin-
cipally those under the command of Chevallie and Glanton, formerly of
this city. Capt. Johns, on his way from El Paso, just this side of the
Guadalupe mountains, lost two men, killed by the Indians - - - Soloman
Garner and John Woodley. - - - The body of only one was found. Maj.
Smith was to leave on his return to this place on the 4th, and Capt.
Johns was to take his departure for El Paso on the same day.
*Telegraph and Texas Register, January 3, 1850, p. 2, c. 5-6.
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