Indian Fight Southeast of Johnson City in 1873
August 13, 1873, Dan W. Roberts, Thomas Bird, Joe Bird, John O. Biggs,
Stanton Jolly, and Geo. Roberts, struck an Indian trail on Hickory Creek,
about ten miles from Iron Mountain, and north of Johnson City. While
they were following this Indian trail, James Ingram, Wm. Ingram, Frank
Waldrip, and Ham Davidson, joined in the pursuit and made about ten
men. The Indians were followed for fifteen miles in a southerly direction,
and approximately twenty-seven savages were then encountered. They were
well-trenched in a ravine, about three or four miles southeast of the
Johnson Ranch, and the present Johnson City. The whites were forced
to fight in the open, and the engagement lasted about one hour. Dan
W. and Geo. T. Roberts were each severely wounded, and Joe Bird slightly
wounded. It is generally supposed that four Indians were killed. After
the fight was over, several of the Indians' horses lay dead on the battlefield.
One of the white citizens' horse was also killed. This fight occurred
on the old Fredericksburg road. After it was over, the wounded were
carried to Johnson's Ranch.
Note: Author interviewed: Dan W. Roberts mentioned above, and others.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.