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Lt. Van Robbins

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Montague County, Texas

    It was about the year 1863, that Indians were discovered near the camp of Capt. Totty's and in the vicinity of the present town of Forestburg, in Montague County. Lt. Robbins and about eight soldiers took the Indian trail and in a few moments came upon approximately twenty savages, within one-half mile of the present town of Forestburg. Lt. Robbins ordered his men to dismount, and almost immediately he, himself, was on the ground; but it seems the soldiers disobeyed his orders, and remained on their steeds. After they had "Fired-out," it seems the soldiers retreated, and left Lt. Robbins on the ground. Needless to say, in a short time, the brave lieutenant was killed.

    Note: Author interviewed W.A. (Bud) Morris, Bob Savage, Charlie Grant, Joe Bryant, and one or two others who then lived in that section.

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

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