A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 89
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUNTIES.
portional amount of powder. Having his
back to the embankment down which the
water ran, the pistol knocked him over it,
senseless, breaking the ligature which
bound his thigh. He remained insensible,
he thought, about two hours. When he
became conscious, he bandaged his leg as
well as he could and crawled up to the
spring to look for the frog. He found one
hindquarter floating around: the balance
had been blown to flinders. Being very
hungry, he Inade short work of that. In a
few hours after that, Love's party came up
and supplied him with all lie wanted.
They left him there until their return,,they
going up to the battle ground to bury the
dead and see if they could find any Inore
" When they got there, they found the
bones of all our killed, the flesh having
been stripped off by the wolves. And
they also found, much to my satisfaction,
eighty piles of green brush, in the lower
part of the ravine, from where the Indians
were firing at us during the day, and under
each pile of brush a copious quantity of
blood, which proved that we had not been
fooling away our time during the day.
"The company returned to Franklin,
bringing Violet with them, who recovered
from his wound."
FIGHT AT BATTLE CREEK.
Fortunately that old surveyer-W. F.
Henderson, who became a resident of
Navarro afterward-described the matter
to a favorite Texas historian during the
'50s, and gave the names of the party,
and the old Express published it. This
account of the Battle Creek fight is from the
pen of Colonel Jolhn Ilenry Brown: "T The
fight of Bowie in 183t1, on the San Saba,
where nine men andl two boys, for twelve
hours heroically met, and finally repulsed,
160 Indians, has, ever since its wide-spread
publication front Philadelphia in 1834,
been acknowledged as one of the most chivalrous
actions on record. The graphic account
then given to the publicand written
from the statement of R. P. Bowie, one of
the party, has been reproduced so often
that it is familiar to all who have sought an
acquaintance with our history. This is
as it should be. The heroic deeds of the
noble, self-reliant pioneer, the John the
Baptists of peace, civilization, anrd religion,
should be gathered into the historic
garner of our country with the same
fidelity as the memory of greater things.
It is thus that a generous spirit of etnulation
may be fostered in those to come
after us; it is thus and thus only that justice
may be done to the memory of those
to whom American progress and civilization
are to be greatly indebted for the
marvelous advancement made by each.
The story we are about to relate ranks in
heroism with that of the 'Bowie fight,'displays
a greater degree of desperation
and presents a far sadder finale. Few
persons, aside from those then on our
northern border, even know that such an
event belongs to our history. I obtained
the facts, in faithful detail, from William
F. Henderson, Esq., one of the survivors,
now a lawyer in Corsicana, Texas (1860).
" In 1838, the highest settlements between
the Brazos and Trinity rivers, were
the old towns of Franklin, Robertson
county and Parker's Fort on the Navasota.
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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/m1/91/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.