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INDLIN WAIRS AND PIONEERS OF TEXA S.
'had numberless encounters and also fruitless pursuits
after those ever active and cunning enemies.
:Some of these sanguinary incidents have been described;
but, many have not and some, from the
death of the participants and failing memories,
never will b)e. But enough has been preserved to
shed a halo of ionor on those pioneers, by this
writer many years ago styled -" The brave men
In this chapter, availing myself somewhat of the
recollections of Mr. John II. Jenkins, I will briefly
summarize some of the incidents not heretofore
By a false alarm of Mexican invasion in 1837,
as in 1836, the people of Bastrop fled from their
liomes, but the alarm passed and they soon returned
from near the Brazos.
Near where Austin is, later in 1837, Lieut.
Wrenn, of Coleman's Company, surprised a body
of warriors, killed several, had one man shot in
the moutli and killed, defeated the Indians and
captured all their horses.
In the same fall the Indians attacked the home of
Mr. Gocher (or Gotier) east of Bastrol), killed him,
his wife and two sons, and carrie(I off Mrs. Crawford,
his widowed daughter, one of his little sons
and a little son and daughter of Mrs. Crawford.
This tragedy was (liscovered by Col. Burleson
some days later, when too late to pursue the murderers.
Mrs. Crawford and the children, after
several years of captivity, were bought by Mr.
Spaulding, a trader, who married the widow and
brought tliem all back to live in Bastrop County.
Not far from this time a party of Indians robbed
a house below Bastrop. Burleson drove them into
a cedar brake on Piney creek, above town, an(
sent back for more men. While waiting, the
Indians slipped out and retreated east toward the
headwaters of the Yeguas. Reinforced, Burleson
followed their trail at half speed, overtaking them
late in the afternoon, and drove them headlong,
after quite a chase, into a ravine, from which they
escaped unlurt and soon reached their camp, but
most of them only to die. They had gorged themselves
on fat pork, killed in the woods, and soon
after arriving among their people nearly all of them
died, proving that stomachs overcharged with fat
and fresh hog meat were not prepared for rapid foot
races, the deceased sons of the forest having been
on foot. Mrs. Crawford was then a prisoner in
the camp and verified these facts.
The next raid was made in (laylight. A party of
Comanches came in sight of town and drove off
fifteen horses. They were hastily followed by a
few citizens, who overhauled them eight miles but.
A running fight ensued
the Indians abandoned
their own and the stolen horses and found security
in thickets. No one was killed on either side, but
the citizens returned with their own and the Indian
horses. Richard Vaughan's horse, however, was
killed under him.
Early in 1838 the Indians entered the town at
night, killed Messrs. Hart and Weaver and escaped.
Soon afterwards, about three miles east of town,
Messrs. Robinson an(l Dollar were making boards.
Fifteen In(lians charged upon them. Each sprang
upon his lhose, near by, but Robinson was killed
at the same moment, while Dollar was pursued and
hemmed on a high bank of the river; but, leaving
his horse, he leaped down the bank about twenty
feet, swam the Colorado and then hastened to town.
Soon afterwards lie started to leave the country and
was never again heard of. No doubt was entertained,
however, of his having been killed by
into Gonzales and De Witt Counties in 1848
Dr. Barnett, Capt. John York and Others
of Maj. Charles G. Bryant in 1850.
For several years prior to 1848 the country
between the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers
escaped annoyance from the Indians, though their
depredations beyond were frequent. The people
in the section referred to had ceased to regard
themselves as exposed to danger, and were therefore
unprepared for it. Early in October, 1848,
they realized, liowever, that they were open to
savage fury. A party of Indians descended from
the mountains along the valley of the Cibolo, and
thence southeasterly to the " Sandies," a set of
small streams in the western part of Gonzales
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/118/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .