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Brazos River Indian Reservation Troubles, 1859

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Brazos River Indian Reservation Troubles, 1859

Posted: 26 Aug 2005 10:45PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 15 Jun 2006 3:21PM GMT
From the Frontier
We learn from a gentleman from Belknap that a party of Northern Indians came in below Belknap last week, and stole a number of horses and made for Red River with them. A party of Reserve Indians forty in number, started on the trail and Capt. FORD with his rangers, who was in the vicinity, also started in pursuit. From the signs on the trail the thieving party was supposed to be a large one. It was Capt. FORD'S plan to leave the Reserve Indians on the trial of the depredators, and proceed with his command to Maj. Van DORN'S camp and cooperate with him in a campaign against the Indians at their villages. It was his policy to permit the Indians to return to their villages and then engage them in a decisive fight. It is rumored however, that the Reserve Indians after pursuing the trail some three days, and not being joined by Capt. FORD gave up the pursuit, as the hostile Indians out numbered them and returned to the Reserve. We have not learned whether Capt. FORD proceeded to Maj. Van DORN'S camp or not. It is believed by some that there were white men connected with the thieving party.

THE RESERVES THREATENED AGAIN
A gentleman who passed down from Belknap last week, informs us that great excitement prevails among the people i the frontier counties, against the Lower Reserve Indians. He learned as he passed through, that the citizens fo Jack, Palo Pinto and Erath, and perhaps other frontier counties had organized for the express purpose of attacking the Lower Reserve, and driving the Indians off. Our informant says that they would be at the Reserve on the 20th inst., to carry their purpose into execution. We do not know how much reliance ought to be placed in this report. We give it as we have heard it. If the people of the frontier will exercise a little patience, however, we are satisfied that the Indians will be removed without any necessity of resorting to violence.

Meeting in Young County in relation to the Reserve Difficulties
At a meeting of the citizens of Young county held at the Court House in Belknap on Saturday March 12th 1859, Peter HARMONSON Esq., was called to the chair and Joe. A. WOOLFOLK appointed secretary. The object of the meeting was explained in a clear, forcible and eloquent manner by the chairman. On motion of R.T. LUCKETT, a committee of five was appointed to draft resolutions expressive fo the sense of the meeting, whereupon Messers. J.H. SWINDELLS, A. DECKMAN, A.H. LATIMER, J.R. KING and Allen JOHNSON were appointed members of said committee. Meeting met pursuant to adjournment when the committee reported the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted. WHEREAS, the citizens of this county have heard that it is the intention of the citizens of the counties adjoining to forcibly expel the Indians from the Reserve in this county, thereby scattering them and causing the total breaking up of the Reserve system, and whereas, by the forcible expulsion of the Indians from said Reserve, it will leave this frontier in imminent danger to the lives of ourselves, our families and property; and whereas we, the citizens of Young county, agree to the necessity of removing the Reserve Indians from our midst, and sympathize with our fellow citizens fo the adjoining counties in their losses. Therefore be is, Resolved, 1st. That we respectfully request the careful attention of said counties to the above facts and would recommend to them that instead of forcibly expelling these Indians that their removal be effected by petitions to the secretaries of War and of the Interior at Washington. Resolved, 2. That if said petition or petitions be disregarded by the proper authorities, then we, the citizens of Young county, will use all the means in connection with our sister counties to expel said Indians from this portion of the State.
Resolved, 3d. That a copy of the proceedings of this meeting be forwarded to the county clerks of Jack, Montgague, Cook, Wise, Denton, Parker, Erath and Palo Pinto counties and that said clerks be requested to give immediate publicity to the same. Resolved, 4th. That copies of the proceedings of this meeting be sent to the Indian Agents, "Frontier News," Dallas "Herald", Birdville "Union", and Sherman Patriot for publications. On motion of J.A. WOOLFOLK the following additional resolutions were passed. Resolved, That the committee who (paper too damaged to read)
The following resolution was offered by Jas. A. SMITH:
Resolved, That it is in expedient for the Houston convention to make nominations for any office that is wholly ministerial.
J.W. LATIMER moved to lay the resolution on the table, on which there was a tie vote and the motion being lost, this resolution withdrawn. The President appointed the following gentlemen delegates to the Houston convention: W.H. HORD, A.J. WITT, Geo. WILSON, Ben. MERRILL, Robt. GROUND, C.R. PRYOR, Joel ROBERTSON, Jno. M. CROCKETT, J.J. GOODE, A.S. JACKSON, David CAMERON, Wm. B. BLANE. On motion the President and Vice President were added to the delegation. On motion the proceedings of the meeting were ordered to be published in the Dallas Herald. J.W. LATIMER, Pres. Jno. M. CROCKETT, Secy.

Dallas Herald
March 9, 1859
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas

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