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Nathaniel Terry to Francis R. Lubbock, August 14, 1863

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Nathaniel Terry to Francis R. Lubbock, August 1863

Fort Worth Aug 14th 1863

To His Excellency
Gov FR Lubbock
Austin Texas

Govenor [sic]

After Genl Gano left
my camp a messinger [sic]came in informing
me that on last Monday [with]in 14 miles of our
camp which is at Robinsons Mill in
Tarrant Co a lady a Mrs Brown whose
husband is in the army, was kill[ed] in broad
daylight at her own house, & two young
men [and] a young lady severely if not dang-
erously wounded by the Indians. And
large quantities of horses carried away.
I at once issued an order puting [sic] all the
drafted militia of Parker[,] Johnson & Erath
& Palopinto [sic] counties. All of those subject to
militia duty to take the field at once under
Maj Carmichael with such subaltern
officers as they may elect. Some of them are
already in the field. We are almost
destitute of ammunition: the citizens having
only a few rounds and the murderers & thefts
are 500 pr ct [percent] greater every day, than at
any former period, and unless things change
before long the frontier line will be many
miles east of Fort Worth if not east of the
three forks of the Trinity rivir [sic][.] These things
are going on notwithstanding we have
a Regt on the frontier. These Indians are
between us & this Regt. I feel some solicitation
to have the course I have taken in this
matter sustained by you. I could see no
reason why these men in camp who were
under pay should not be put out at once,
it will cost the state no more than if they
were in the Brig Camp.

I hope to receive orders

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Nathaniel Terry to Francis R. Lubbock, August 14, 1863. Records of Governor Francis R. Lubbock, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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