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20 THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
to pursue. There was no hope of bringing the murders to
justice, for I felt sure Dunn (Duff) would uphold them, and
that General Wasp would support him. My only chance then
was to get out of the company, or to attain such a position in it
as would enable me to stop such deeds.
In justice to Cole McRae, who was a brave and kindly man,
I should mention that he was severely wounded in the fight
and had no knowledge of the crime committed by Luck and
his friends. The latter's chief motive, I believe, was to prove
his zeal and devotion to the Southern cause, and by these base
murders make himself popular with the authorities in San An-
tonio. What their character was, I have already described,
and Luck's idea of how to please them confirms all I have said
Immediately after the fight a couple of boys were sent off,
post haste, to Fort Clark, supposed to be some thirty miles dis-
tant, to fetch the surgeon stationed there. Till midnight I was
off duty, but after that had to help tend the wounded, some of
whom were in great pain; and we had no appliances with which
to treat them, nothing much to give them except cold water.
I always remember to the credit of poor humanity, how patiently
they bore their terrible sufferings.
It was quite necessary, for the sake of the wounded, and for
sanitary reasons that we should move out of the camp as soon
as possible. Our own dead were buried in one long trench, but
those of the enemy were carried to where the murdered prisoners
lay, and there left for a prey to the buzzards and coyotes.
So the day after the fight we were all busy, making litters for
the wounded, packing arms, ammunition, etc., captured in the
camp, ready for transport, it being arranged we should set out
for Fort Clark at daybreak next morning. My comrade Oge
and I suggested using horse-litters, which we knew all about.
But Luck wouldn't listen to this; nothing would suit him but
hand litters. He had no doubt laid his plans to pay out himself
and the comrades who had stood by me in the row, though we
had no suspicion of the abominable trick he was going to play
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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/m1/23/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .