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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
it was afterwards discovered, wore a coat of mai
Capt. Ross dismounted and, with his trusty rif<
calmly waited the oncoming of the Comanch
until his antagonist was within proper distance an
then fired, killing him instantly and driving part
of the coat of mail into his body. This armor wa
taken from the dead chief and deposited in th
museum in the State capitol.
On the death of Robert S. Neighbors, Superin
tendent of Indian Affairs for Texas, Capt. Rosf
was ordered to San Antonio to settle up the affair
Of the Indian Superintendency, this work requiring
his presence in San Antonio during the entire winte:
In politics he was ever a staunch Democrat. H(
OPPosed Texas joining the Confederacy but favorec
secession as a separate State under the " Lone
Star." He was not engaged in the military service
of the Confederacy. He joined the Masons in 1851
at Waco and remained a member of that fraternity
as long as he lived. He departed this life September
He was a man of wide self-culture, a delightful
COnversationalist and a writer of excellent ability,
from whom contributions, relating to old times, and
Often to issues pending before the people, were
eagerly sought by the press of the State.
Nine children were born to Capt. and Mrs. Ross,
Viz.: Mary Rebecca, Margaret Virginia, Peter F.,
Lawrence Sullivan, Ann, Mervin, Robert S., Kate
and William H. Mervin died at the age of six
Years. The others grew up, received excellent
educational advantages, married, have families and
are now occupying useful and honored positions in
LAWRENCE SULLIVAN ROSS.
Hon. Lawrence Sullivan Ross, ex-Governor of
Texas and now President of the State Agricultural
and Mechanical College, at Bryan, a man who
retired from political office, enjoying the unlimited
confidence, respect and affectionate regard of all
the people of Texas, irrespective of party affiliations,
although he was a pronounced and vigorous
champion of Democracy, and who in the position
he has now filled for several years as the head of
One of the State's most important educational institutions,
has still further endeared himself to the
People and given the strongest possible proof of
the scope and versatility of his talents, was born at
Benton's Post, Iowa, in 1838. In 1856 he attended
Baylor University at Waco and the same year was
sent to the Wesleyan University at Florence, Ala.
Returning home in 1858 to spend the summer
vcation he assembled a company of one hundred
I. and twenty-five Indian warriors and hurried to the
e, support of Maj. Earl Van Dorn, who was leading
ie the Second United States Cavalry against the Cod
manches; joined forces with that officer and in
;s October of that year played a conspicuous part in
,s the battle of Wichita and, by an act of daring
e bravery, rescued a little white girl eight years of
age, who had been with the Indians perhaps from
infancy. He named her Lizzie Ross. In after
s years she married a wealthy Californian and died
s at her home in Los Angeles in 1886.
, The Indians were completely routed in the battle,
r but both Van Dorn and Ross were badly wounded.
When sufficiently recovered the subject of this
sketch resumed his studies at Florence, graduated
I in 1859, hastened back to Texas and in 1860, at
3 the head of Pease river, as Captain of a company
of sixty rangers, employed to guard the Western
frontier, administered a blow that forever crushed
the warlike Comanches. In the battle he killed
Peta Nocona, the last of the great Comanche chieftains,
captured all the effects of the savages and
restored to civilization Cynthia Ann Parker, who
had been captured by the Comanches at Parker's
Fort in 1836. Very few of the Indians escaped the
fury of the rangers. As a recognition of his services,
Governor Sam Houston appointed Ross an
aide-de-camp with the rank of Colonel. Through
the efforts of Capt. L. S. Ross and his men more
than 800 horses stolen by. the Indians were recovered
and returned to their owners. He gave law
and safety to the frontier after all others had failed
and when the State had expended more than $350,000
with little effect the year previous to his appointment.
Gen. Houston wroteto him in 1860:
" Continue to repel, pursue and punish the Indians
as you are now doing and the people of Texas will
not fail to reward you.-Sam Houston."
The old General's words were prophetic. Ross
lived to perform many other valuable services in
civil life and in a wider field of military operations,
and the people of Texas have since showered
honors upon him as they have upon few men who
have figured in the history of the State. February,
1861, he tendered his resignation to Gen. Houston;
served for a brief period under Governor Clark on
'the Indian Embassy and then entered the Confederate
army as a private in Company G., commanded
by his brother, Capt. (afterwards the distinguished
Col.) P. F. Ross; rose rapidly from the ranks and,
September 3d, 1861, was elected Major of his
regiment, the Sixth Texas Cavalry.
In May, 1862, he was elected Colonel and was
immediately assigned by Maj.-Gen. L. Jones to
command of the brigade, but modestly declined
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