History of the regulators and moderators and the Shelby County war in 1841 and 1842, in the republic of Texas, with facts and incidents in the early history of the republic and state, from 1837 to the annexation, together with incidents of frontier life and Indian troubles, and the war on the reserve in Young County in 1857 Page: 14 of 42
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battle took place. Another party of Indians visited Martin's on Trammel's
Trace, between the Saline and Sabine. Their sign had been discovered in
the evening, and the dogs of the neighborhood gave notice of their presence.
Many signal smokes were seen; the Indians were numerous and their yells could
be heard all around us. I was selected to stand guard nearest the enemy
and my counsel was followed in the arrangement of the guard. Martin
had moved his family and was preparing to take away his moveable property,
and in company with a man named Davis, he went during the night a
mile from the house to watch for Indians. Immediately upon their return Davis
went to the door of the house to ascertain the cause of the barking of the dogs,
when he was shot by an Indian. He crawled under the floor of the house, (lied
there, and was not discovered by the savages. The Indians then attacked the
house and fired into a back room occuipie(d at the time by a man named May,
his wife and child. May ran and was wounded in the shoulder; his wife hid
herself and child in the room and were not discovered, although the child was
slightly wounded. David Brown, the surveyor, was in the house, and ran. leaving
his instruments, saddle-bags and horse; the Ind(ians carried them off. AMartin
loaded his wagon to leave, and while loa(ing set a tin box containing his money
on the top of the goods in the wagon, it was stolen b)y May's wife and never
recovered. The Indians made a rapid retreat to Neches Saline.
One morning, when the Texian army was in camp at Bard's some twelve
or fifteen boys about sixteen years of age, went utnoedic(l with their liorses about
two hundred yards to water; they (discovered the Indians and(l immediately raised
a wild yell and charged them; the Indians ran and in their fliglht dropped Davis'
hat. Col. Landrum sent a scout after the Indians who were not overtaken, but
pursued so closely that Brown's surveying instrumlents, Stephens permitting the men to do as they pleased anid during our
absence had accomplished nothing. I resumed command of the scout. We
then buried the (lead and from that place went to Keeler's and founld all gone.
WVe then proceededl to Still's for information; unable to ascertain anything posi
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Middleton, John W. History of the regulators and moderators and the Shelby County war in 1841 and 1842, in the republic of Texas, with facts and incidents in the early history of the republic and state, from 1837 to the annexation, together with incidents of frontier life and Indian troubles, and the war on the reserve in Young County in 1857, book, January 1, 1883; Fort Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2362/m1/14/?rotate=90: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .