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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
With Forces Even
(SECOND SALINE FIGHT)
A few days had elapsed after the skirmish on Saline
Creek, when Major Jones reached Company "D",
encamped on Elm Creek near its junction with the
San Saba River, Menard County. The Major struck
camp within 200 yards of Company "D" and the
"boys" that were on the escort detail were "home
again ". They told us all about the Lost Valley Fight.
Next morning Major Jones' escort were all saddled
and ready to mount, when two men whom Captain
Perry had sent up Elm Creek to get a beef came
"sailing" into their camp and informed the Major
that Indians had attacked them about five miles from
camp. One of them continued on a dead run to Company
"D" camp and told me what had occurred.
Captain Perry was up at the Major's camp, and I did
not wait for any orders from superior officers, but
told the man to go "flying" to the horse herd and tell
the horse guard to get the horses to camp as quickly as
it could be done. In the meantime, I detailed a squad
of nine men to go with me. John Staggs, a young man
who lived in Menard County, was in our camp at the
time and accompanied the detail. He was armed and
took an active part in the fight which followed.
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