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Captain W. G. Maltby’s Men Have Fight in Brown County

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Brown County, Texas

    November 22, 1874, Capt. Maltby's men, who were camped about seven miles south of Camp Colorado on Mud Creek, struck an Indian trail which led toward Brownwood. The Indians were followed and overtaken about six miles west of the county seat of Brown County. There were twenty-two Indians and seventeen rangers and since it was nearly dark, when the Indians were in sight, it was hard to tell citizens from savages. Two Indians, however, were killed and the bodies of one or two others found later. One of the Indians was carried to Brownwood.

    Note: Author interviewed T.W. Clark, who was in the fight; M.R. Cheatham, an early settler of that section, and others.

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

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