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THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
fools' errands, on which I and my comrades rode many and
many a weary mile, knowing only too well the real nature of
them. And all this time I was in the toils of this villain Dunn,
and couldn't escape by any honorable road, for I had enlisted for
three years, or for the war. I could have got away by maling-
ering, as many men did, and making it worth our Captain's
while tb connive at it, but this I could not do. So I served on
under him, and found him to be not only the scheming rascal
so many were, but as cowardly, cold-blooded a murderer as I
had ever met even in the roaring days of the Kansas "War."
I don't purpose to tell in detail the story of my service in
the State with the Partizan Rangers; that would be wearisome
and monotonous. But a few incidents must be given to bear
out what I have said; and one in particular, at the remembrance
of which I shudder still, sh4ll be described at some length, shame-
ful as it is.
Now to my story:
Directly my neighbors, Louis Oge and Mont Woodward, were
sworn in we were sent to join our camp about two miles out
of San Antonio, where our horses were valued by the Comman-
dant, and paid for in Confederate notes. For already, even at
this period of the war, there was no cash in the country; every-
thing vas paid in notes, at an ever-increasing discount. For
these notes, after a time, became scarce, and then everyone-
merchants, storekeepers, down to the very barbers-issued
promissory notes of their own, wherewith to pay their debts.
Perhaps not quite a "new way to pay old debts," but a very
bad one, for it led, naturally enough, to any amount of fraud
and swindling, not to mention forgery.
For ten days we were kept hard at work drilling, but un-
fortunately under instructors who knew but little more of the
mysteries of the science than we did ourselves; so I fear we
were not very proficient at the end of that brief period. For
all that, we were a useful body of irregular cavalry, for the
most part hardbitten frontiersmen who would give a good ac-
count of themselves in any fighting for which they were adapted.
All the more shame to waste their services, fooling about in
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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/m1/6/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .