“A surprise attack by four hostile tribes on October 25, 1862 cut the number of Tonkawas in half leaving less than 150 still alive and kicking.”
If you haven’t read this installment of “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, October 22 through Tuesday, October 28, you are missing out on the fascinating story of the Indians who called themselves “the most human of men.”
Less than three months after firing the famous shot that ended the Second Battle of Adobe Walls, Billy Dixon again found himself up to his ears in Indians on September 12, 1874.
For an afternoon and a night, Dixon, another civilian scout and four soldiers stood off an estimated 125 Comanche and Kiowa warriors losing one of their own while killing as many as 25 attackers. All six were awarded the Medal of Honor, but the Army later asked Dixon to give his back because he was a civilian. The stubborn scout said nothing doing and kept it.
Robert Simpson Neighbors dedicated his life to the fair treatment of the native tribes in an age when most of his fellow Texans felt the “only good Indian is a dead Indian.”
The story of this courageous Indian agent is the subject of my “This Week in Texas History” column for Wednesday, September 11 through Tuesday, September 17. If your local newspaper does not carry the oldest and most widely read feature of its kind, you can obtain a one-year email subscription for only $20 on this web site.
On July 28, 1876, the Texas legislature passed a resolution of condolence in memory of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the 260-plus men of the 7th Cavalry killed the previous month in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Lawmakers tactfully omitted any mention of Custer’s role in the Reconstruction occupation of Texas or the fact that the famous “boy general” fought on the other side in the Civil War.
The subject of my “This Week in Texas History” column for the week of Wednesday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 16 is the Apache border raider Victorio, considered even more brilliant at hit-and-run tactics than the legendary Geronimo.
It took the combined forces of the Mexican and U.S. armies plus the Texas Rangers to drop the curtain on the last great Apache chief.