Ben Pulliam

Uvalde County, Texas

About 1873, Ben, Xury, and N.B. Pulliam, were camped with some Mexican hired hands on Tartuga Creek, several miles south of Uvalde. Three of their horses had been missing, so about nine o'clock one morning, after Ben Pulliam had found them, he was about two miles southeast of the camp, driving the horses. Xury Pulliams, a brother, and a Mexican or two, were about one mile away. When Xury rode upon a hill, he saw the Indians after Ben, who fired about six shots, and the Indians, an equal number. N.B. Pulliam was hurrying in that direction, for he too, had previously heard the shooting. But when Ben was reached, he had been killed by the savages, who fled away.

Note: Author interviewed: N.B. Pulliam, mentioned above: E.L. Downes; Tom Brown; and other early settlers of Uvalde County.


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