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THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
we were till next day, to rest our horses, and fix up bread and
coffee enough for three days; for the wagon could follow us no
farther over the rough country we had reached. Soon we were
busy enough, baking bread and "parching" coffee; and that
finished, all of us, except the guard, and two energetic souls
who went out hunting, were soon stretched out on the soft
grass, under the canopied shade of the great trees, enjoying an
unwonted siesta. Towards evening the hunters returned with a
small bear they had killed, so they said; but it was so miserably
poor as to be uneatable, and they were very riled at being told
they must have found it dead of starvation!
Our party was divided into messes of five each, and our
scanty provisions of bread, bacon, sugar and coffee were carried
in turn by each of the members in a sack swung across the
cantle of the saddle. The first turn at this was taken by one
Billy Mac, of which more anon.
The morning's ride led us over a tremendously rough and
hilly country, and we could only follow the trail in Indian file,
till we struck the head of the Medina River. Here the country
became rough, rolling prairie studded with timber, and we push-
ed on along the wide trail at a smart pace, till we called a halt
at midday. Then it was discovered that a dire misfortune had
overtaken our mess, for the miserable Billy had dropped the
whole outfit! The villain had found out the loss in time to have
gone back for the bag but was afraid to do so, and so held his
tongue. We five unfortunates were in a pretty plight now,
for all we had amongst us was a couple of loaves of bread and a
lump of bacon, and our comrades had only barely enough for
themselves. The language addressed to the culprit will not
bear repetition. Though naturally forcible, it only relieved our
feelings, but did nothing for our hunger.
Now as we rode along that afternoon, another trail came into
the one we were following, showing the Bushwhackers had been
reinforced by another party.
It was now, for the most part, desperate country to ride over,
for we were well in the mountains and frequently had to dis-
mount and lead our horses down rocky slides. Towards even-
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Williams, R. H. & Sansom, John W. Massacre on the Nueces River; story of a Civil War tragedy., book, Date Unknown; Grand Prairie, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2409/m1/14/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .