The amount of his was fright. Bowles [Bowl] was
packing up his plunder, & said it was becau[se]
he did not knowing [sic] at what moment they
would attack & kill him.
The General resolved to move on at once
after the enemy, seeing that a victory
was necessary to give the people breathing
time & confidence. [H]e did not march
direct to the Sabine, as he feared they
would perceive his approach & retire
before him. [H]e marched first to Fort
Houston, laid in what supplies he could
procure, & marched then across again
towards the Sabine. [O]n the morning of
the 16th just after day break at the Kickapoo Town we were
attacked. [O]ur camp was an oblong
Square thus [see drawing] with the horses in the
center. [T]he attack was made
principally on the head of the square
within 40 yards of the guard. [B]ut they
displayed around three sides as marked
& compelled us to maintain the square.
[F]or this reason the troops at the head
had to bear the brunt of the action.