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Richard Montgomery Gano to Francis R. Lubbock, August 12, 1863

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R.M. Gano to Francis R. Lubbock, August 1863

Fort Worth Tarrant Co
Aug 12th 1863

To his Excellency
Gov FR Lubbock
Austin Texas

The militia of this
district met for the purpose of organization
in this county at a point known as Robins-
on’s Mill. The Indian depredations upon
our frontier had created such intinse [sic]
excitement in the minds of those from the
Counties of Parker & Johnson, that it was
almost impossible to retain them in cam-
p long enough to organize. Their families
being in immediate danger[,] this state of
things was not at all surprising. In one
family the mother was killed & four children
carried off. In another family the wife & two
children killed, & two children seriously if
not mortally wounded. Several men have
been killed & many herds of horses driven
off. The Indians have been seen in so many
neighborhoods that we feel satisfied that
there are a great many small parties of
Indians scattered through the western cou-
nties and they have been within 25 miles
of the place[.] [W]e had some trouble in getting
the border men into the organization, lest they
might be ordered away to leave homes and
families unprotected. This originated evidently
from a want of proper understanding; for
as soon as we explained to them that or-
ganization was the only proper mode of
defence [sic], the only efficient one, and that
the authorities intended to defend every portion
of the state. They very readily yielded and
were mustered into the service. We then took
the responsibility of ordering these men to
the frontier, to hunt[,] kill and drive out

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Richard Montgomery Gano to Francis R. Lubbock, August 12, 1863. Records of Governor Francis R. Lubbock, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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