Indian Fight in 1864, When Don Cox Was Severely Wounded

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.

Comanche County, Texas

    During the winter of 1864, Don Cox, Walla Cox, Baz Cox and Tom Corn were on the range in Comanche County searching for hogs when they struck an Indian trail near the head of Salt Creek. The Cox brothers had a pack of dogs, which followed the Indian trail as readily as if they were wild animals. When the Indians had been chased for several miles, it seems they discovered the dogs were on their trail, so the savages secreted themselves in the thick timber, where they awaited the arrival of their assailants. In a short time, the dogs had the savages bayed. When the Cox brothers and Tom Corn arrived, they were showered with many arrows. One of these instruments pinned one of the lower limbs of Don Cox to his saddle. This necessitated the citizens to retreat for the purpose of removing the arrow, which had begun to make Don Cox sick, and paining him beyond endurance.

    Most of these Indians were afoot and on their way toward the settlements to depredate and steal a large number of horses.

    Note: Author interviewed one or two of the early citizens of that section, whose name we fail to add to our notes.

    Further Ref.: Indians Fights on the Texas Frontier, by E.L. Deaton.

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

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