Indian Relations in Texas

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

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Hugh McLeod to Mirabeau B. Lamar, 1838

The woods were very open & the trees large,
affording an admirable opportunity for
their favorite tactic of fighting behind a
cover. The morning was very misty, the
commencing of a rain, which made
it almost impossible for our men to see
them. General Rusk with a view to
draw them out, as he was then entirely
ignorant of their force, advanced about
20 paces & shouted, “You damned cowardly
sons of bitches, come out & show yourselves
like men.” They made no reply except
the yell & their rifles. General Rusk
believing they had a large force yet
concealed, to throw upon our left flank
& were only waiting for us to charge, so
as to take us while disordered. They had
shown us five mounted men on the left.
In about 15 minutes their fire began to
slacken, and a charge was ordered[.] [T]hey
were pursued for half a mile.
Their force was variously estimated at
from 150 to 300. [M]y own opinion is at least

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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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