Capt. John Williams' Men Encounter Indians Near Richland Springs

    During November of 1858, John Burns was hauling supplies to Capt. John Williams' company of rangers, who were camped in Bowsers Bend on the Colorado in the northern part of San Saba County. The supplies were hauled in three wagons and about eight oxen were hitched to each vehicle. About ten rangers were sent to San Saba to escort John Burns and his men. During the night all camped near Richland Springs. The Duncan brothers, prior to that time, had had a ranch at this point, which was known as Fort Duncan. Beyond this point there were no roads, so James Brown and Will Cathey were detailed to select a suitable route for the wagons and find a suitable crossing of a branch for the party. The two were not a great distance ahead when twelve Indians suddenly charged and chased the rangers back to the wagon. The Indians seemed somewhat surprised, however, when they ran into others. At the request of John Burns, two of the rangers remained with the wagons. The others pursued the Indians and a running fight followed with the Indians in the lead. As many as four Indians were killed and wounded and a number of stolen horses and Indian provisions recovered. Jim Brown was in command and the other rangers were Will Cathey, Henry Farrar, N. A. Taylor, S. S. Gholson, John Meyers, Carter Williams, B. F. Gholson, Stephen Kemp and Riley Petit. This fight occurred in the northwestern part of San Saba County.

    Note: The author conferred with B. F. Gholson who was in the fight.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

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