Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 92 of 368
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
examine a trail he had met with on the prairie, for the purpose of ascertaining
where it would lead to. The guide, after following it as far as
he supposed he would be required to do, returned and reported that it
led off into the prairies to no particular place, sp far as he could discover.
He was told that this was not satisfactory, and directed to take
the trail again, and to follow it until he gained the required information.
He accordingly went out the second time, but did not return that day,
nor the next, and the party, after a time, began to be alarmed for his
safety, fearing he might have been killed by the Indians. Days and
weeks passed by, but still nothing was heard of the guide, until, on
arriving at the first border settlement, to their astonishment, he made
his appearance among them, and, approaching the commanding officer
said, " Captain, that trail which you ordered me to follow terminates
here." He had, with indomitable and resolute energy, traversed alone
several hundred miles of wild and desolate prairie, with nothing but his
gun to depend upon for a subsistence, determined this time to carry out
the instructions of his employer to the letter.
July 21.-We crossed two small branches this morning at four
o'clock, and continued our course over undulating prairies, with smooth
and even surfaces, frequently crossing small affluents of Beaver creek,
where we found good running spring water, which can always be relied
We had a copious shower this morning, which is the first rain that
has fallen in several weeks.
There is good timber and grass upon all the branches we have passed
to-day, and the soil is highly productive. We have also passed several
groves of post-oak timber upon the ridges; this, however, for the most
part, is small, short, and scrubby.
July 22.-Making an early start at two o'clock this morning, we
ascended the eastern branch of Beaver creek to its source, when we
found ourselves upon the ridge dividing this stream from Rush creek.
The ridge is covered with timber similar to that of the Cross Timbers,
consisting of post-oak and black-jack, (Quercus ferruginea.)
Our road leads for five miles through this timber, when it emerges
into a beautiful meadow, where the head of one of the branches of Rush
creek takes its rise in large springs, and runs off in a fine bold stream,
with a variety of hard timber along its borders. After following down
this about two miles, we suddenly came in sight of several squaws
who were collecting the tall grass which grows along the banks of the
creek. They no sooner espied us than they jumped upon their horses
and were about making off; most of them, however, stopped at the
Here’s what’s next.
This book can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Book.
Marcy, Randolph Barnes. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan., book, 1854; Washington, DC. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6105/m1/92/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .