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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
Disregarding the fire of the Indians, he came directly
to me. Finding me helpless and in a condition apparently
serious, he went out to the open and brought
back his horse. Lifting me into the saddle he led
the horse out through the shower of bullets.
My wound was bleeding so freely and I was suffering
so much for water that the boys realized that they
must get me away quickly. We found water within
a mile of the scene of the fight, and from there I was
carried to Johnson's ranch, about two miles further
on. The only injuries sustained by our squad were
the two slight wounds on Joe Bird, who had both
shoulders grazed by bullets. Several of the horses
were slightly wounded.
After carrying George and myself to Johnson's
ranch where we could have attention, one of the boys
rode over and reported the fight to Captain Rufe
Perry, who lived half a mile away. Hastily summoning
all the men available he went at once to the battle
ground, hoping to resume the fight. He found that
the Indians had departed as soon as we ceased firing
and gave up the fight. He took the trail westward
and followed it some distance, but found that the band
had a long start that it would be impossible to overtake
them before night. Four or five of their horses
had been left dead on the battle ground. Captain
Perry found many blood spots on the trail where the
dead and wounded hadf been laid on the ground.
These Indians were trailed out of the country by
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/22/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .