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Capt. F.M. Totty’s Men Kill Three Indians

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Montague County, Texas
Capt. F.M. Totty's Men Kill Three Indians

    Capt. F.M. Totty moved his compay from Camp Totty, where the present town of Forestberg now stands, to Victoria Peak, now called Queen's Peak, in Montague County. Indians were discovered early in the morning, and in a short time fifteen or twenty rangers were on their trail, and overtook the savages killing a beef, in a little brushy hollow leading to Denton Creek, about eight miles south of Montague. When the rangers made a surprise attack, the Indians scatered like quail. One Indian was cut off from his crown, and continually blew his whistle for help. But he was soon killed. Two other Indians were also killed, and horses and much of the Indians equipment recovered.

    Note: Author interviewed: W.A. (Bud) Morris and Joe Bryant, living in Montague County at the time.

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

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