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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
He, like many others who pushed into the Far
West, expected the country to rapidly fill up with
immigrants and the frontier to recede with the incoming
waves of the human tide that has since
swept across the continent to the Pacific Ocean, but
his calculation did not take into account the great
Civil War of 1861-5. This event brought a sudden
stop to the movement of population into Texas
and, during that struggle, the -few people who resided
in the frontier settlements were subjected to
a continuous Indian warfare that taxed their enwere
killed. The Indians were everywhere committing
depredations, and the Confederate government,
finding itself unable to furnish troops to
protect the frontier settlements, authorized the
State to organize State troops for that purpose, and
Capt. Potter was placed in command of five companies
and served with these until the end of the
war, holding the Indians in check, or where that
was impossible, pursuing them and inflicting bloody
chastisements upon them.
His three sons, C. C. Potter, J. M. Potter and
durance and resources to the utmost. During this
trying period he proved himself to be a natural
leader, rich in resource and dauntless in spirit, and
rendered valuable service to the State. In December,
1863, the Indians, about two hundred and fifty
strong, burned his dwelling-house and all its contents.
This loss, coming at the time it did, forced
his family to endure many privations, but he had
no thought of leaving the country, on the contrary
he determined to hold his ground and stand by his
neighbors and friends until the dawning of happier
and more prosperous days. In a battle near his
house, at one time, in which his eldest son was
wounded, several Indians and three white settlers
C. L. Potter, live in Gainesville; of his daughters,
Mrs. W. A. Lanier lives at Sulphur Springs, Texas;
Mrs. L. K. Evans, at Nocona, Texas; Mrs. W. C.
Weeks, at Arlington, Texas, and Mrs. L. H. Mathis,
at Wichata Falls, Texas. His sons occupy honorable
positions in business and professional circles,
Hon. C. C. Potter having represented his district
in the Legislature a number of times and won a
State-wide reputation in that body. His daughters
are among the brightest social ornaments of the
communities in which they reside. All the descendants
of this noble old pioneer have proven
worthy of their parentage, and have contributed
their part toward making the Texas of to-day.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/803/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .