Col. R. B. (Buck) Berry's Indian Fight in McCulloch County

    During April of 1862, Col. R. B. (Buck) Berry and his men were on their way to Fort Mason, to be mustered into the Confederate Service. They stopped for the night at Camp San Saba, a Confederate camp, then located on the San Saba River near the present Brady and Mason highway.

    A raiding band of Indians, returning from one of their forays were discovered and followed for about ten or twelve miles in a northwesterly direction. Here the red men were overtaken by Col. Buck Berry and his men. Needless to say, a running fight followed. One of the warriors was wearing a lady's silk dress which had been stolen during their raids. This warrior was first thought to be a squaw, but he shot his arrows with utmost precision. Captain Goggess said to Col. Buck Berry, "Notice how viciously the d--- squaw shoots her arrows."

    It was soon learned, however, that his supposed squaw was an Indian buck, of the most gallant type.

    Since, as a rule, the rangers became scattered when following an Indian trail, Col. Buck Berry and a few of his men in this instance, were in the lead. For a very short time the savages stood their ground, but after several of their number had been killed, and reinforcements were constantly coming, the Indians fled. The savages soon retreated into a thicket of live oak timber found so abundantly in that section. Here they made a second stand, and in a short time, Sgt. Erhenback received several wounds. Johnson was also wounded and Lt. Nelms had his lips pinned together with an arrow. Several of the horses including the one ridden by Col. Buck Berry himself, were wounded. Three Indians were known to have been killed outright, and another later died from his wounds.

    Ref.: Col. Buck Berry's own account of this conflict in Wilbarger's Indian Depredations in Texas.

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