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The Battle of Brushy Creek

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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Comancheria

Prior February 24th attack on Coleman home

Picture of Benjamin Franklin Highsmith
Benjamin Franklin Highsmith
Photo originally published in Sowell's Early Settlers and Indian Fighters of Southwest Texas, 1900.

Benjamin Franklin Highsmith (1817-1905), was born in Mississippi and came to Texas in 1823 with his father. At the battle of Brushy Creek, Highsmith narrowly escaped with his life as Captain Jacob Burleson was shot down in front of him. According to Ben Highsmith, "the Texans suffered losses at the hand of a determined Indian sharpshooter."

Map of February 1839 Battle Areas of Colonel Moore's Comanche Raid and the Battle of Brushy Creek
February 1839 battle areas of Col. Moore's Comanche Raid and the Battle of Brushy Creek, from the book, Savage Frontier II, by Stephen L. Moore

The Battle of Brushy story from the book Indian Depredations in Texas by J. W. Wilbarger

The Battle of Brushy story from the book Indian Depredations in Texas by J. W. Wilbarger

The Battle of Brushy story from the book Indian Depredations in Texas by J. W. Wilbarger

The Battle of Brushy story from the book Indian Depredations in Texas by J. W. Wilbarger

The Battle of Brushy story from the book Indian Depredations in Texas by J. W. Wilbarger

The above story is from the book, Indian Depredations in Texas, by J.W. Wilbarger.

Battle of Brushy Creek Fight
Savage Frontier II

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