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Indians Kill Mr. Arnold’s African Boy

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Lampasas County, Texas

    During 1864 an African boy, about 15, herding sheep for Mr. Arnold, who had a temporary ranch about two miles west of Lampasas, was killed by several Indians.

    Geo. Weldy, Mark Beene, W.C. Pogue and about eight others followed the Indians' trail and overtook the savages about four miles southwest of Lampasas, near the edge of the timber. As usual the Indians scattered and a running fight followed, with the Indians in the lead. One Indian was killed, and contrary to their almost universal custom, one of the savages surrendered when he found himself in close quarters. This captuNative American was turned over to the Frontier Regiment at old Camp Colorado in Coleman County.

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

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