Marion Smith

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Burnet County, Texas

    During 1869, Marion and Columbus Smith, A.H. Edwards, Jim and Wm. Strains, Tom Cates, and possibly one or two more, while scouting for Indians, encountered the savages about six miles north of Burnet. There were about twenty Indians and during the brief fight, Marion Smith was killed. Two or three Indians were also killed and wounded.

    Note: Author corresponded with A.H. Edwards and Joe F. Smith, who were in the fight. Also interviewed some of the surviving old settlers of Burnet County.

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

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