Indian Raid in Brown and Coleman Counties

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.

Brown County, Texas
Coleman County, Texas

    During 1867, after exchanging shots with Indians in the Trickham Community, the Indians went seven miles farther east and appeared at the home of Brooks Lee, who then lived on Clear Creek in Brown County, about three miles northwest of the present town of Brooks-Smith. Mr. Lee was away and when the Indians began to fire at the house, Mrs. Lee took her children, slipped out of their little log cabin, went down the bank of the creek which was nearby, and hid in the brush. The Indians then pilfered and plundered through her house, took such articles that attracted their attention and left without doing further damage. The savages then went to the homes of Ben Smith, Ben Goats and Mrs. Lindsay, all of whom were away. But in each case, the Indians stole not only horses, but such other property that seemed to suit their fancy.

    Note: Author interviewed G.H. Adams, who was in the community at the time.

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

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