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.

Burnet County, Texas

    It was, perhaps, during the year 1863 that John and Wm. McGill, sons of Wm. McGill, Sr., who lived about one mile south of Burnet, were out about five miles to the west with their brother, Sam McGill, and March Thomas, a cousin, when charged by Indians. All escaped excepting John, who received a mortal wound. When the boys reached the home of Thomas Shepherd, who lived about three and one-half miles west of Burnet and about one and one-half miles from where this episode occurred. The McGill brothers and Thomas obtained reinforcements and went back to see about the wounded brother. John was still alive, but died shortly afterwards.

    Note: Author interviewed M.J. Bolt and one or two others who lived in Burnet County at the time.

    Further Ref.: Wilbarger's Indian Depredations in Texas

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

McGill story by Wilbarger

McGill story 2 by Wilbarger

The above story is from Indian Depredations in Texas by J.W. Wilbarger.

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