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Indian Fight in the Northwestern Part of Burnet County

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Burnet County, Texas

    During 1873, W.W. Brooks, James Taylor, B. Eubanks and about five others struck the trail of Indians, who were on a horse stealing raid, and overtook them about nineteen miles northwest of Burnet in Burnet County. The nineteen Indians were barbecuing a beef and the time was about ten o'clock in the morning. When the charge was made, several of the boys surrounded the horses that were being guarded by two Indians and started them in a run toward Burnet. The remaining citizens wedged themselves between the ponies and Indians, who were armed with Springfield rifles, and had better weapons than the whites. In the fight that followed, B. Eubanks was seriously wounded and J. Jordan's horse was killed. When his horse fell, Jordan was pinned underneath and while in this predicament, an Indian rushed up and emptied his pistol, but the bullets missed their marks. His eyes, however, were filled with dirt. A few boys then rallied to his rescue. Some held the Indians at bay while others released him from his predicament. The whites then retreated and were followed by the Indians for about three miles. The Indians' casualties were never known but several savages were seen to fall during the fighting. The citizens recovered all of their horses. B. Eubanks recovered from his wound.

    Note: Author interviewed T.E. Hammond of Burnet.

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

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