During 1860, while General Robert E. Lee was in command of the Department of Texas, his able officer in command of a division of the Second Cavalry, started from San Antonio to Brownsville, for the purpose of putting a stop to the invasions of Cortina. When General Lee reached a point on the Seco, a messenger reported Indians were raiding and robbing the settlements only a short distance ahead. Shortly afterwards, the soldiers made a surprise attack on the savages, who were about to rob a house then occupied by women, whose husbands were away. When General Robert E. Lee and his men appeared, the Indians scattered like a covey of quail, and made a dash for the northern mountains, from which the beautiful streams of that section flow. For several miles the blood thirsty savages were pursued; but they finally escaped in the rough country. Some of their number, however, were wounded.
Ref.: John Henry Brown's Indian War and Pioneers of Texas.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.