Indians Attack Camp of Sebe Goens and Others in McCulloch County

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.

    Sebe Goens, Burrell Simpson, and a young man named Nabors, who were camped about nineteen miles northwest of Brady, had constructed a corral to catch wild mustang ponies, which roamed in great numbers over the great western plains during the early days. It had rained, and was cold. So the boys built a large camp-fire at their camp near Salt Gap. This fire attracted the attention of Indians, who slipped up and wounded Sebe Goens with an arrow. This arrow penetrated through his blanket. The boys were in bed at the time, but were instantly on their feet. In the fight that followed. Burrell Simpson was also wounded, their horses stolen, and the three citizens compelled to walk to their homes near the present town of Ritchland Springs, in San Saba County.

    Note: Author interviewed: Newt Z., and Jasper Brown, who lived in San Saba County at the time.

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