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sprang out and fastened upon his neck. Mr.
Hardeman told nme he was never so badly frightened
as at that time. In a minute Captain
Duncan, who had seen the row between his companion
and my dog, come up, and dismounting,
we all entered the house. I then told them I was
one of Fannin's men, who had escaped the fate of
the others; and they, on their part, informed me
of the battle of San Jacinto, which had transpired
four or five days before, and in which they were
participants. They told me the war was virtually
over, and Santa Anna's army was in full retreat
toward the Rio Grande. Noticing that I had a
lean and hungry look, or else observing the wistful
glances I cast at Captain Duncan's wallets, the
latter proceeded to empty their contents on the
floor, consisting of a liberal supply of biscuits,
potatoes, meat, and so forth, and hospitably invited
me to "pitch in." No second invitation was
requisite, and I began, without loss of time a vigorous
attack upon the provender. After half a
dozen biscuits, as many potatoes, and perhaps
three or four pounds of meat, had disappeared,
the captain, losing all confidence in my discretion,
and without as much as saying, 'By your leave,'
cleared the table at one fell swoop, and crammed
what was left into the saddle-bags again. I remonstrated
with him upon such treatment; told
him it was a breach of hospitality to invite a
guest to break bread with him, and then clear the
table before he had finished the first course; that
I was just fairly getting under way; but all I
could say had no impression, and I did not get a
peep into those wallets again until we pitched
camp twenty miles distant. In company with
these gentlemen I returned to the army, then on
ABRAM., was born in Kentucky,
December 28, 1817. His father moved
to Illinois when he was one year old,
and immigrated to Texas in 1833. They
settled on the frontier, now Limestone county,
many miles from any white habitation. The little
colony with which they came consisted of about
eight families. In 1835 he enlisted in the service
as a Texas Ranger. As the Indians and Mexicans
were, at that time, troublesome, they built Fort
Parker, near the present site of Groesbeck. These
families were the advance-guard of civilization.
Fort. Houston, in Anderson county, was the nearest
protection, except their own trusty rifles.
In 1835, the hostility of the Indians and Mexicans
compelled this little band of brave men and.
women to abandon Fort Parker. Among those
who were compelled to flee before the invadingarmy
of Mexicans, was the father of Mr. Anglin.
His son Abram accompanied him to the Trinity
river, intending to see th~m safe over, and return
for the purpose of joining our forces. They weredelayed
at the river in consequence of an overflow.
Before they could cross the river, the newsreached
them that the Mexicans had been defeated
at Jacinto. Going to Fort Houston, and remaining
there a few days, he returned to Fort Parker,
in company with Seth Bates, his son Silas, David
Faulkenbury and his son Evens. These hardy
sons of toil spent their nights sometimes in theFort
and sometimes on their farms.
On the night of May 19, 1830, they slept at the
fort, and left early next mornin%g to work on theirfarms.
About eleven o'clock, the 19th, a lady
brought them news that a force of six hundred
Indians had attacked the fort, murdered the fewmen
left, and had taken the women and children
prisoners, except those who had escaped by hidingin
the brush. Mr. Anglin gathered up his com-rades,
David Faulkenbury, his son, and Plummer,
and picking the flints of their trusty weapons,
started to the scene of conflict, resolved to rescue,
the women and children, even against such fearful
odds. On their way they encountered several
Indians, who had a Mr. Nixon, Mrs. Silas Parkerand
two of her children, prisoners. They followed
them to the fort and there recaptured the prisoners.
Seeing the fort had been destroyed, and
finding such a large force of Indians, the brave,
little band retreated; Mr. Anglin carrying a child
in his arms, and another one of the company
another. Nixon fled the field as soon. as he was.
released. The Indians from whom they had taken
the prisoners, returned to the main body which
was collected about two hundred yards from thefort
containing the hapless women and children,
whipping them and maltreating them in every
conceivable way. About thirty mounted Indians,
armed with bows and arrows strung and drawn,,
would charge them, uttering the most unearthly
yells, but on the presentation of their guns they
would halt, right-about wheel, and retire to a safe
distance. This continued until they had passed
through a forty-acre field and entered the woods,
when they ceased to pursue, supposing that they
were being led into an ambuscade. They carried
Mrs. Parker and her children -about five miles,.
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