Indians Wound Mrs. Joe Hay on the Pecos

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Crane County, Texas

    About 1873, while Joe Hay and wife, George Gammel, Moody Doffham, and others, were moving a big herd of cattle to New Mexico, they were charged a few miles above the Horsehead Crossing of the Pecos by a large band of Indians. The citizens retreated into a ravine, leading into the river, and successfully held their ground. But Mrs. Hay was wounded in one of her lower limbs, above her knees. After the fight was over, the Indians drove the cattle away, and no doubt turned them over to the white, or Mexican cow-thieves in New or Old Mexico.

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

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