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30 THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER

they very naturally took me for an enemy, and firing on me
came very near killing me, one ball passing through my cloth-
ing and grazing the skin above my stomach, and another cutting
the flesh from a finger of my right hand.
I crawled to a place out of sight of both parties and began to
think what I could and should next do. It occurred to me at
once, that I could do the greatest good for myself and my Union
comrades by making a reconnoisance of the Confederate forces,
and this I did effectually by creeping around to their rear, and
so near to them as to fully satisfy myself concerning their num-
bers aAd their location. This accomplished, I went some dis-
tance back into the cedars, and taking a course that I thought
would carry me well around the Confederates, started to our
camp. Not going far enough to the west however, I walked
right up to a squad of Confederates concealed in a Thick stand-
ing grove of cedars, some sixty yards southwest of the Unionists
camp. Before I knew it I was so close to the party that I could
easily have put my hand on one of them. Noticing that they
wore no hats but had handkerchiefs tied around their heads,
I immediately took off my own hat and carrying it in my hand,
backed away from the party. They saw me plainly, but, I
reckon supposed me to be a Confederate; at any rate they did
not take me to be a Unionist, and so, let me go. Not unwilling
to go, I went quickly to a point north-west of the camp, and
thence crawled on my stomach into its friendly precincts. But
careful as I was, I narrowly missed being fired at. When about
twenty feet from the camp, I heard the click of the locks of guns
about to be aimed at me, and called out, "Don't shoot. Sansom."
No reply being made, I repeated the call, and was then answered
by Captain Cramer, who said: "Come on, come on, Captain,
I came near shooting you."
Knowing what I did, I at once advised Captain Cramer and
Lieutenant Simon (they were brothers-in-law) that if they wish-
ed to continue the fight, the Unionists should abandon their pre-
sent position and select one where they would not only be less
exposed to the fire of the enemy, but have a better chance to
damage the enemy. I then went to Major Tegener, who al-

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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/m1/33/ocr/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .