W. A. Morris and Others
Fight Indians Near Red River Station
During the night of September 5, 1870, some of the members of P. M. Cardwell's
family were sick at the Station, so the neighbors had not gone to bed.
Shortly after midnight, some one stepped out of doors and when he looked
southward, saw Indians riding around the graveyard, about three hundred
yards away. W. A. Morris, and W. T. Waybourne, who had been surveying
during the day near Red River Station, stopped there for the night. After
the Indians were discovered, their presence was promptly reported at the
house and elsewhere. Only five horses were available, so W. A. (Bud) Morris,
H. D. Newberry, Henry Cardwell, Frank Mull, and Dutch Valance, started
out to round up the loose horses. Two horses were found about one mile
southeast of the Station, but the citizens passed on to find others, and
intended to pick these up when they returned. No other horses, however,
were found, and when they returned, two Indians were near the two horses.
W. A. Morris and H. D. Newberry were near the two horses. W. A. Morris
and H. D. Newberry were riding in front, and not knowing whether or not
they were Indians or whites, Morris said, "Who is these?" The
Indians turned on their horses' sides and rapidly rode to the north. They
were pursued by the citizens, who shot several times. These two Indians
were soon joined by about fifty others who practically surrounded the
white men. The five brave citizens ran through, shooting to the right
and left, and opened a gap in their ranks. They were followed, however,
by the Indians about 100 yards, and until the citizens crossed a small
stream. Here Morris and his associated made a stand and kept the Indians
from crossing. The Indians then retreated and apparently were looking
after a wounded warrior. Morris then shot his Spencer rifle, and he heard
the bullet strike an Indian, or his horse. The savages then scattered,
and fired a few more shots. The citizens rode toward the Station for reinforcements.
Several men were available, but no horses could be found. John Lackey
took Frank Mull's place, and the five citizens then returned, but found
no horses. The Indians went on, and crossed Red River below old Spanish
Fort, and along their path, where the savages stopped for a considerable
length of time, citizens afterwards found an Indian grave.
Note: Before writing this and the preceding section; author personally
interviewed: W. A. (Bud) Morris; and other early settlers of that section.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.