James M. Hill to McArdle, October 20, 1895
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Handbook of Texas article on James M. Hill
Austin Oct 26th 1885
Mr. H. A. McArdle
Dear Sir [Y]ours
of the 7th ultimo was forwarded to
me from Fayett[e]ville & in consequence
of sickness & being from home I have
not been able to answer as promptly as
I could wish, on the points you wish.
1. The Breastworks were made in the
following order, beginning at point of
timber & extending out a considerable
distance in prairie, next to timber[.]
[It] was made of brush, next blankets, sack[s]
of corn, [and] flour, camp equipage, & Appe-
archoes, a large pack pad. [W]hen
set up [it] was about 2 1/2 feet high &
was bullet proof.
2. [T]he ground in front of breastworks was
a little rolling[.] Part of it ascending
& a part descending.
3. [O]ur officers had no uniforms.
Deaf Smith had a suit of buckskin
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