Indian Relations in Texas

Hugh McLeod to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 22, 1838

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Hugh McLeod to Mirabeau B. Lamar, 1838

attacks upon a force posted at Fort
Houston (on the Trinity) not upon the Fort
but on the foraging & scouting parties
on the 16th Inst. Genl Rusk called out
the Militia of the County (after wasting
two or three days for requisitions of men
from Shelby & San Augustine who refused
to come) amounting to 150 men, which
increased on the march to 230 and
took the field thro' the Cherokee nation[.]
Big Mush then civil cheif [sic] & most
influential man, wrote both Genl
when he learned of his arrival[.] [H]is
letter was dated “4 miles from home
in the woods.” The substance of the
letter was that most of the Indian tribes
around us had taken up arms against
us, & had threatened his life for burying
the Tomahawk in the other outbreak.
(The names of these tribes & such
statistics of them as I can obtain,
I will give you fully hereafter). Bowles [Bowl]
the main cheif [sic] (Cherokee) also sent a talk

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Hugh McLeod to Mirabeau B. Lamar, October 22, 1838. Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers #846, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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