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: 39 of 42
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was the best in the party. They trailed the Indian by his blood until
night and continued the trail next morning. It was followed a mile up on the
side of the mountain where they found Culver's horse tied to a tree, and searching
they found the Indian lying dead under a shelving rock.
A short time after another party came in accompanied by a Yankee surgeon.
They went down on Robertson creek in Hood county and turned back
towards Kickapoo creek. They came in contact with Jackson and Nathan
Holt driving a cow and yearling and a cow and calf. The two men were seperated
by the cow being hard to drive, the calf not keeping up. Nathan Holt was
on foot leading his mare, and he was killed and scalped. It was two days before
his body was found, and then one-half a mile from where he had been
driving the cattle. His arms were broken.
A short time after another party of Indians came into the Duffau mountains
and a party of citizens pursued them. A few miles to the north of Stephens
ville they (the citizens) ewere met by Jesse Caroway, Matherwell and some
others, who took up the trail and caught up with the Indians near the head of
Bosque river and a hand-to-hand fight ensued. Caroway was wounded in the
face by an arrow, Matherwell was slightly wounded. Many Indians were
wounded but all escaped.
Another party of Indians came in on Puluxey, south, of Stephenville
and Granbury road and stole horses. Gideon Mills gathered a crowd of boys
and came up by my ranch when in answer to his question they, said they were
on the Indian trail and went on. I overtook them in three or four miles where
they had lost the trail. The Indians were at last discovered on Weaver branch
and pursued until they reached Kickapoo creek. These Indians escaped but
they lost all their horses except the ones they rode, but these were the best and
those that had been stolen. As usual on the return of the pursuing party the
recovered horses were returned to the owners, and the captured Indian horses
given to those whose horses were not recaptured.
In 1862 another party came in near Mansco's. Old man Mansco, his son
Tom and a man named Cross were out stock hunting when they were attacked
by the Indians. Cross was killed. The Manscos escaped by dismounting and
getting to the creek, but they lost their horses. Another party came in where I
lived. Pleasant Boyd was herding cattle below and starting from the herd to
go to Capp's was attacked on the way. He tried to escape by running but his
horse was too slow. He was armed with a six-shooter but only two barrels
would fire. On the left he was headed by an Indian on a large mule, and he
dismounted at a bunch of post oaks. His pistol and several guns were heard
by the neighbors. Boyd was killed there and found shot in several places.
The sign discovered that there were three or four Indians, and they went up on
Double mountain and thence down Kickapoo creek.
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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/m1/39/?rotate=90: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .