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18 THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
unable to move, lay across the camp fire. Pulling him back, I
put out the fire, but death mercifully put an end to his sufferings
in a few minutes. The scene was a ghastly one, and for a time
there was plenty to do separating the wounded from the dead
and dressing the hurts of the former as best we could, for we
had no surgeon with us.
Seeing there were plenty of willing helpers for our poor
fellows, some of the more humane of us did what we could to
ease the sufferings of the wounded Germans. They had fought
a good fight, and bore themselves so pluckily I felt sorry I had
taken my part against them. We bound up their wounds, and
gave them water, and laid them as comfortably as we could
in the shade. Poor creatures, how grateful they were!
By this time some of the boys had cooked breakfast, for there
was an abundance of provisions in the camp, and I fell to with
them, with an appetite, having tasted nothing, except the bacon
soup, for two days. Hunger appeased, I went down to the
creek hard by to see if any poor wounded creature had crawled
there and needed assistance. I did not find any, but happened
on a cool spring bursting out below a great tree-shaded rock,
and sat me down to rest a few moments.
It was Sunday morning, and my thoughts turned to a far-away
country church, where' presently a simple service would be held,
and those so dear to me would be worshipping. What a contrast
to the scene of bloodshed and evil passions I had just left.
But not for long could I indulge in daydreams, for there was
plenty of work to be done. The wounded had to be attended to
again, and then the numerous horses belonging to the Germans
had to be gathered. There were about 200 of these grazing
about in all directions, some of them badly wounded by stray
shots during the fight. By four o'clock we had got them all
together, and put the worst of the injured ones out of their
Then I hurried over to where we had left the German wound-
ed to see how they were getting on, and was surprised to find
them gone. Asking what had become of them, I was told they
had been moved to a better shade a short distance away. With
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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/m1/21/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .