A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 86
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HISTORY OF NAVARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
other three taking the timber on the other
side. We had gone about fifty yards down
the ravine where it was dark and in the
shade, when I called to Henderson to stop
and tie up my leg as I was bleeding to
death. He did so-cut off the tip of my
boot and bandaged the wound. We saw
about fifty Indians come to the mouth of
the ravine, but they could not see us, as
we were in the shade, as we went down the
ravine. They followed and overtook our
wounded comrade, whom we had to leave,
and killed him. We heard him cry out
when they shot him, and knowing they
would overtake us, we crawled upon the
bank of the ravine, lay down on our
faces with our guns cocked, ready to give
them one parting salute if they discovered
us. They passed us so closely that I could
have put my hand on any of their heads.
They went down the ravine a short distance
when a conch-shell was blown on the
prairie as a signal for the Indians to come
back. After they had repassed us, we went
down to Richland creek, where we found a
little pond of muddy water, into which I
pitched headforemost, having been all day
without any, and suffering from loss of
blood. We here left Violet, our wounded
comrade; his thigh was broken and he
could crawl no further. He begged me to
stay with him, as I was badly wounded,
and, he said, could not reach the settlements,
some ninety miles distant. I told
him I was bound to make the connection;
so we bound up his thigh and left him
near the water. We traveled down the
creek till daylight, then ' cooned' over the
dry creek on a log so as to leave no track
in the sand, to a little island of brush,
where we lay all day long. In the morning
we could hear the Indians riding up
and down looking for us. They knew our
number, twenty-three, and seven had escaped.
They wished to kill all so that it
could not be charged to their tribe.
"We started a tdusk for Tehuacana hill,
some twenty-five mile distant. When I
arose to my feet, after lying all day in the
thicket, the agony from the splinters of
bone in my leg was so severe that I fainted.
When I recovered consciousness, and before
I opened my eyes, I heard Burton tell
Henderson that they had best leave me,
as I could not get on and would greatly
encumber them. Henderson said we were
friends and had slept on the same blanket
together and he would stick to me to the
last. I rose to my feet and cursed Burton,
both loud and deep, telling him he was a
white-livered plebeian, and in spite of
his one hundred and fifty pounds I would
lead him to the settlement, which I did.
We traveled nearly all night, but next day
got out of our course by following buffalo
trails that we thought would lead us to
water. The country was so dry that the
earth was cracked open.
" On the third day after the fight we
sighted Tehuacana hill. We got within
six miles of it when Burton sat down and
refused to go any farther, saying he would
die there. We abused and sneered at him
for having no grit, and finally got him to
the spring. We luckily struck the water
one hundred yards below the springs,
where it crossed a weedy marsh and was
warm. Just as we got in sight of the
water, ten Indians rode up to us. I saw
they were Kickapoos. They asked us what
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/88/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.