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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
Murphy was in charge of the horse guard. Murphy
was from Mobile and was dubbed "Mobile Register".
Notwithstanding the fun we had with him, he was
a game, good fellow.
George Bird returned to camp just at sundown. He
was laying down his gun when firing commenced out
at the horses. The Indian war-cry left no doubt as
to the meaning of the shots.
George Bird seized his gun and sprinted for the
horses. I stayed right with him. Reaching the horses,
we saw that the Indians had given up the fight and
fled, after staying for only two exchanges of shots.
They had thought to play the role of surprise party,
but finding the small squad ready and willing for a
fight, quickly decided that discretion was the better
Part of valor and took to flight. The Rangers loosened
hobbles, mounted bareback and rode pell-mell to
camp for saddles. We returned to the place where
we had seen them last and followed in their wake
until dark. In the hurried departure they dropped
several blankets and trinkets. One hat which we
found will be referred to in a subsequent chapter.
We took the trail early next morning and followed
for some thirty miles. The men found evidences which
they thought indicated that we had wounded several
of the Indians in the fight the night before. Late
in the evening we found the tracks diverging in many
directions. Scattering was an old trick which they
used when closely pursued. Breaking into very small
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