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.

San Saba County, Texas

    Early during 1864, Beardy Hall, who lived about two and one-half miles east and a little north of the present town of Richland Springs in San Saba County, started alone to San Saba. Mr. Hall was only armed with a six-shooter and when he had gone about five miles, killed by Indians, who broke a spear in his body. At the time, Mr. Hall and his son lived on Richland Creek.

    These same Indians went on into Burnet County on a horse stealing raid. When they returned, Capt. Woods, Henry Woods, Jeff Pope, Alex Hall, Truebridge and several others followed the Indians to a point about six or seven miles east of the present city of Brady in McCulloch County. A running fight followed and one Indian killed. Truebridge was wounded. Alex Hall recovered his father's horse, wallet and hat, and he was also given the Indian's scalp which was hung on a post near his gate where it remained for a long time.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Newt Z. Brown, Jasper Brown, Jno. Robbings and others who lived in San Saba and adjoining counties at the time.

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

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