A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 92
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HISTORY OF NAVARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
prairie in bright moonlight, was the only
alternative. Most of them must fall:
possibly a few, probably none, may escape.
Ingram, Jones, Violet, Thos. Smith and
John Baker were wounded up to this time,
in addition to the slain. They were
mounted on horses and surrounded by the
remainder on foot, and thus trusting to
stout hearts and a soldier's God, they left
the ravine, and surrounded by 300 Indians,
foot and horse, and the most deafening
and terrific yells, they advanced slowly
but with the firm resolve of brave hearts,
toward the nearest timber, which skirted
another of those ravines peculiar to that
region. One by one their number was
reduced by death. Ingram, wounded before
the retreat, was shot in the head and
fell from his horse. When they reached the
timber but seven of the original number
were alive. John Baker and James Smith
escaped together at this point, eluded pursuit
and got into the falls of the Brazos.
McLaughlin, a youth, instead of leaving
the ravine with his brave comrades,
secreted himself in some bushes, and when
the Indians pursued he fled down the
stream, and finally reached the settlements
on the Trinity, boasting of his shrewdness.
" On reaching the timber, Henderson,
Lane, Violet and Button, still clinging
together, fell into the dry branch, and were
hidden from their pursuers by continuous
bushes. Here they lay in silence for an
hour, during which time a portion of the
enemy continued their yells around them,
but finally retired and all was still as
death. To remain until daylight would be
certain death. Violet was so badly
wounded that he could only walk by the
aid of one man, one of his legs being powerless.
By perseverance, they descended
the branch some two miles, and in a thicket
found water. Painful as it was, Violet
was left there, with a solemn promise that
if the others should get in, relief should be
hastened to him. The other three-Henderson,
Lane and Button- had but two
guns, two pistols and one bowie knife left.
They traveled till daylight, Lane resting
an arm on each of his companions in their
measured pace. They lay concealed all
next day without water; on the second
and third night, having become bewildered
and their tongues parched, they traveled
over hill and dale, they knew not whither,
but no water was found. On the next day
with swollen tongues and parched lips,
almost sunk in despair, they suddenly
came upon six Kickapoo Indians. In this
time their clothes were torn into shreds,
their emaciated bodies .were covered with
blood, and Lane could not articulate,
wiile Henderson and Button were not
much better. Five of those Indians looked
upon then with frowns, and asked how
they came in such a situation; to which they
replied, with some deception, that they had
fought with the Ionies, Henderson discovered
an expression of compassion from the
other Kickapoo, and offered him his bowie
knife to take them to water. The noble son
of the forest looked compassionately upon
him, and lighting his pipe handed it
to Henderson, adding: 'Kickapoo good
Indian; smoke with Kickapoo!' He then
led them about 500 yards, and, imagine
their joy at beholding that luscious fountain
of nature, the celebrated Tehuacana
spring, that crystal fount now in the
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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/m1/94/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.