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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
The Deer Creek Fight
The first Indian fight in which I took part occurred
in August, 1873, which was a little more than
a year prior to the time the legislature passed the
bill providing for the battalion of Rangers to patrol
and protect the immense district which might properly
be called the outposts of advanced civilization.
The battle was between a small posse of citizens
of Round Mountain and a band of marauding Indians
which had committed a horrible murder in that
neighborhood just a few days before. This butchery
was only one of the many which was being perpetrated
from day to day along that long stretch of
lonely, unprotected border, and afforded convincing
proof that some sort of police protection was imperatively
The victims of the Indians were Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas Phelps, who lived on their ranch near Cypress
Creek some three miles to the south of Round
Mountain, in Blanco County. Round Mountain was
a small settlement which was only about fifty miles
distant from Austin. The grave dangers and deadly
perils which menaced the pioneers will be understood
all the more readily when it is shown that the Indians
carried on their merciless warfare of robbery,
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/16/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .