Indian Relations in Texas

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

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Hugh McLeod to Mirabeau B. Lamar, 1838

250. It was a motley gang—Mexicans
Negroes, Coshattees [sic], Caddoes, & some thought
Keechies. Among the dead & the nearest
man to our camp was a Cherokee
named Fail. Bowles [Bowl] says he was a
bad Indian, that he never could manage
him & that he was well killed. They
left on the ground 11 killed & the grass
was full of trails of blood. We have
since heard they lost about 30.
On our side we had 11 wounded, one
badly but the Surgeon thinks he will
recover. [N]early every man in the head
of the Square had his clothes cut,
it was the closest shooting I ever saw
to do so little execution. We also
lost about 35 horses.

The General returned
here immediately to call out men
Enough to Scour the Country effectively.
Bowles [Bowl] came in on his order, & made
a long & friendly talk, Says he will hold
a council & propose to send some of his

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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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