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Tarrant, whom General Rusk had left at headquarters on Red River with instructions to gather beef cattle and to drive them to the camp on the Clear Fork, had failed to arrive with the beeves. General Rusk waited. The men suffered much weariness, hunger, and the very cold weather. In dire need of food, General Rusk decided to abandon his wagons and eat the oxen. Strength renewed, the army began the return journey. Leaving the wagons on the banks of the Clear Fork to the ravages of weather, they crossed the Trinity northeast of the present town of Arlington, proceeded eastward to the head of the Neches and Sabine rivers, and rode on to Clarksville.

There are many people to whom I owe an eternal debt. Pioneers gave hours in interviews from which were gleaned historical treasures. The staff of the Southwest History and Genealogy Division of the Fort Worth Public Library extended many courtesies, aiding me in search for data. Abby Moran expended scholarly labor by suggesting revisions of the final manuscript. My friends, especially Edith Deen, gave me strength when vagrant thoughts suggested abandonment of the project. My mother, Lillie Longinotti Garrett, was the high tower of strength during fifteen summer vacations from teaching as I wrote from morning until evening.

In the summer of 1840, Comanches and Kiowas, 1000 strong, rode in fury from their northern homes to answer Lamar's policy of the sword. Page 19 Their anger carried their raids as far as Victoria and Linnville on the Gulf Coast. Settlers were slain, towns were captured, thousands of horses were stolen, and children were carried away. As the Indians retired from their destructive raids, they were pursued by volunteers under General Felix Huston and Edward Burleson. At Plum Creek, near present-day Lockhart, the Indians were defeated.

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