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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
and into the range of their guns we realized that
every natural advantage was theirs, but no matter
how great the handicap we were there to fight. They
were entrenched in a little draw or shallow ravine to
the right of the hill and far enough distant from the
hill to prevent us from using that eminence for a
breastwork. Our only means of attack was in the open,
from the front. To add to their advantage there was
a scrub growth of Spanish oak on each side of the
ravine. On the further side of the ravine their horses
The mare that I was riding was young and badly
tired, which left me considerably in the rear when
the first volley was fired. When I reached the squad
I found that my brother had been wounded in the
first exchange of shots. A big bullet had strucl
him on the right side of the face, grazing the cheek
bone'just under the eye, passing through the nose
and grazing the left cheek bone as it passed out.
An inch higher and further in would have resulted in
instant death. I asked Stanton Jolly to move George
out of range and take care of him. This reduced our
fighting force to eight men.
We continued to pepper each other as best we
could, the final result in doubt from the very beginning.
We could not even see when our bullets were
finding lodging in the targets. While the others
held their ground directly in front, I edged around
to the left, and finally reached the side of the gully.
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/20/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .