A. Burrell Brown

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Coleman County, Texas

    May 11, 1870, A.B. Brown A.J. Herring, Nat, Bill, and Bert Guest, W.A. and Jim Beddoe, Bob Wylie, Ben Barton, Tom Stark, Sammy Coggins, and, perhaps, one two others, took two dogs, belonging to Bill Beddoe and Nat Guest, and put them on the Indian trail, which was followed until the savages reached the rocks. Here some of the citizens halted for fear they would be ambushed. But A.B. Brown and four or five others charged on toward the Indians, concealed among the rocks in a ravine. In the short fight that followed, A.B. Brown was mortally wounded in the breast, so he whirled his horse, and started back toward the remaining command. The others also retreated. When his horse jumped over a rock, Brown fell from his saddle, was scalped, and badly mangled by the wild men.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: John Coffee; W.W. Hunter; Tom Starks, mentioned above W.A. Herring; and other early settlers of Coleman Co.

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

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