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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
been signed a few minutes before by Governor Richard
Coke. With the remark "I guess you've got me,"
I accepted the commission and became one of the
charter members of Company "D" of the Ranger
Battalion. I returned home for my equipment and
joined the company on its march for the frontier.
Captain Perry, as the commander of a company
which was to remain on the frontier, naturally selected
some of the members of the company from the men
whom he knew personally. It was necessary to have
men who were more or less acquainted with life on the
border and accustomed to the hardships. He and I
had been personal friends for many years and had
had scout service together. Our respective families
had lived in the same district and been friends for a
long time. I write this paragraph as an explanation
of his reason for offering me a commission as a
lieutenant in his company.
In August of the same year, Captain Perry ordered
a scout made to the south of camp to look for Indian
signs. The company was then in camp on the San
Saba River, twenty miles below Fort McKavett. Eight
men were detailed for the scout, with myself in command.
At the end of the first day's march we camped
near the headwaters of the Little Saline Creek,
where we found a spring of good water.
George Bird was sent out to kill a deer. Six of the
other members were sent out to graze the horses about
a quarter of a mile from the camp. Corporal Matt.
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