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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY.
Packsaddle Mountain Fight
Being almost coincident with our Deer Creek fight,
we copy Mr. James R. Moss' account of the Packsaddle
Mountain fight. The Moss brothers, and the
Roberts brothers were a team that always pulled together,
and we never knew a Moss to balk.
"On the 4th day of August, 1873, a party of redskins
supposed to be Comanches, made a raid into
Llano County, and stole a lot of horses, with which
they were making their escape out of the country,
when a company of eight, Dever Harrington, Robert
Brown, Eli Lloyd, Arch Martin, Pink Ayres and the
Moss brothers, James R., William and Stephen D.,
was organized and started in pursuit. After following
the trail perhaps a distance of forty miles, the
Rangers discovered the Indians about noon on the following
day in camp on top of Packsaddle Mountain.
Concealing their movements the pursuers carefully
reconnoitered the situation and discovered that the
redskins had made only a temporary halt to rest and
refresh themselves. They had passed over an open
space about forty yards in width covered with grass
and had pitched their camp on the edge of the bluff
beyond, leaving their stock in the glade to graze. The
bluff where they halted was skirted below with a
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