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Indians Slay Private Angling

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Tom Green County, Texas

    In 1877, Capt. June Peak's company of rangers were camped in Tom Green County, when an Indian trail was discovered. The Captain ordered a detachment to follow the red men. Marshall Gibson, Angling and about eight others, followed the Indians who were overtaken late in the evening about two days later. Eleven warriors were in the band, and had a mule staked nearby. This mule was discovered by the citizens with field-glasses, so the more-experienced Indian fighters thought the Indians had set a trap. Angling, and one or two others however, over the protestations of friends, pushed ahead, and ran in between the Indians and mule. When the savages fired, they killed him. Shortly afterwards, the other citizens arrived, and for one-half hour, a serious fight was fought. The Indians were entrenched in a ravine, and had every advantage, but finally retreated and soon reached the hills.

    Note: Author interviewed: Noah Armstrong

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

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