Indian Raid Through Uvalde County, When Henry Robinson Jr. was Killed

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Uvalde County, Texas
Indian Raid Through Uvalde County, When Henry Robinson Jr. was Killed

    September 8, 1865, the Indians passed near Waresville south of the present town of Utopia, on a horse-stealing raid, and from here they moved west.

    After the death of Henry Robinson, Mrs. Robinson moved her family to the Frio, about twenty-two miles northwest of Uvalde. W.H. Robinson, aged twelve, and A.H. Robinson, aged fourteen, went down on the creek to get some wood. The boys were about one hundred and fifty yards from the house and the same Indians that stole horses in the vicinity of Waresville earlier during the day, shot young A.H. Robinson in the left breast with the ball of a rifle. W.H. Robinson ran toward the house and an Indian shot at him with an arrow, which stuck in a hackberry tree. This occurred about five o'clock in the evening, and the Indians were concealed where they had let down an field fence to steal the horses.

    There were twelve Indians in this band, and after they left Waresville, J.C. Ware, J.C. Findley Jr., Dimp Findley, Chris, Joe, and Jack Kelley, Jim and Alfred Watson, Jim and Geo. Robinson and one or two more, struck the Indian trail two miles south of Waresville, and three miles south of Utopia. This Indian trail passed hear the present town of Concan. From there they went on by the home of Mrs. Henry Robinson, whose son, A.H. Robinson, they killed; from the Frio, the savages went to the Neuces, and took up the valley of that stream on toward its head-waters, and then across to the head-waters of the Llano, where they were overtaken by Capt. J.C. Ware and is associates. The Indians were eating, and the citizens able to make a surprise attack. In the fight that followed, an Indian was known to have been killed, and others, perhaps, wounded. Here again we find a mysterious red-headed man. When the Indians were charged, they retreated into the timber, and this red-headed man, and Indians, would venture out and shoot at the citizens and retreat back into the timber.

    When Mrs. Robinson's husband, Henry Robinson, was killed, the mysterious red-headed man was with the savages. And when her son, A.H. Robinson, was killed, again, we find the appearance of a red-headed man.

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

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