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THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
down, as indeed were all of us, including the doctor, though
he, good fellow that he was, still had pluck and strength enough
to attend to his charges directly we reached the fort.
By-the-bye, Luck's excuse for leaving us in the lurch was
that, when he left the bearer party, he had gone in search of
water, and lost his way. It was too thin, and no one believed
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As Written By CAPTAIN SANSOM in 1911
I have often been asked why the Unionists, engaged in the
battle with Confederate forces on the Nueces river, August 10,
1862, have made no report of the affair from their viewpoint.
Not knowing all their reasons that have caused their silence,
I can only say for myself, that as I went along with the party
as a guest, it wds neither my duty nor my privilege to make any
report. In common with all the Unionists survivors there en-
gaged and their relatives and friends, I expected that duty to
be performed by either the leader of the party, or by the chief
of the "Union Loyal League," which had in 1861 been organ-
ized in the country north and west of San Antonio, Texas, and
under whose advice the party was under way to Mexico.
As, however, the Unionists have not published an account
of the affair, as all but a few are dead and the living survivors
old and feeble and may not undertake the work, and because
official reports have been made on the Confederate side that,
if not absolutely untrue in entirety, are exceedingly partial and . i
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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/m1/26/: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .