W. C. McGough and Others Encounter Indians

    During 1863, W. C. McGough, Henry Manning, Silas Shilley, Marlie and Harrison York, and about five others were searching for cattle, near the corners of Eastland, Callahan, Shackleford, and Stephens counties. Many miles they had ridden, but not a single cow had been seen. They rode upon a cedar mountain, perhaps, in Callahan County, and when they looked into the valley of Big Sandy, near the mouth of Pecan Creek, thousands of cattle were discovered. The cows were bawling, the bulls fighting, and the dust flying high. When W. C. McGough rode away from his comrades on the other side of the hill, he told the citizens and cowmen, that in the event they heard him blow his horn, to come at once, for the sound would mean he had discovered Indians. In a short time, Mr. McGough noticed a peculiar movement of the cattle, and stopped. Shortly afterwards, three Indians appeared, and as a consequence, he blew his horn. When the remaining cowmen arrived the savages were pursued for about one-half mile. Here these warriors joined three others. The citizens halted for fear the Indians would lead them into an ambush. The Texans recovered about sixty head of stolen horses. In a short time, true to expectation, nine additional Indians appeared.

    Note: Author personally interviewed W. C. McGough, mentioned above.

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

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