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Erath County, Texas

    During the March raids of 1860, the same Indians that killed Gid Foreman, or a different band, stole a large number of fine horses from Henry Mansker in Eastland County. Consequently, Mr. Mansker, his son, Tom, and Wm. Cross followed the Indian's trail, which led into Erath County. The three frontiersmen overtook about fifteen Indians at Moccasin Rock on Armstrong Creek. This was on the old Desdemonia and Lingerville road, about six miles west of Lingerville. During the fighting, Cross was killed. Mr. Mansker and his son escaped by jumping over a twenty foot bluff. Henry Mansker lost many horses.

    Ref.: The author personally interviewed Mrs. Sarah Jane Keith and W.C. McGough, who lived near Mr. Mansker at the time.

    Further Ref.: Regulators and Moderators, by John W. Middleton.

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

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