A Frontier Triumph
Publication Year: 2013
First published in 1972 and reprinted by TCU Press in 1996.
Published by: TCU Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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...bolden a writer to remain steadfast until his work is completed. For eleven years my manuscript was reposited on a shelf in the Fort Worth Public Library until Jenkins Garrett, by constant insistence that I complete the work, and through generous guarantees that the manu script would be published, has brought this chronicle into existence. ...
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...been recorded in history since the beginning of the sixteenth century; and like the Biblical tree planted by the rivers of water, would flourish and its leaves would not wither. Rio de la Santi sima Trinidad, together with the empire of prairies which roll and swell from its wooded banks, has always drawn men to delight in its life-giving abundance. The ...
FOREWORD to the 1996 Edition
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JULIA KATHRYN GARRETT was a unique and most charming Texas lady. So many memories of her swirl around in my mind, but first of all I think of her as a vivacious, inspiring, challenging and driven high school teacher, loved by her stu dents and admired by her colleagues. She often spoke of her conviction that it was imperative that students of the high school level understand the importance and ...
BOOK I: Conflict on the Prairies
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THE prairies stretching from the wooded banks of the forks of the Trinity, and sweeping on beyond to the Red River, were sources of nourishment and power to the prairie Indians and to the invading white man; but they were also areas of conflict. The conflict over the land, from the forks of this river and the upper Brazos northeastward to the ...
1. The Promise on the Prairies
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I T was in the spring of 1778, and the conflict for control of the Texas prairies had already begun. A strong man seated magnificently in a comfortable saddle-one made for an explorer of the big Texas wilder ness-rode in the midst of a score of horsemen through the high grass sown with spring flowers. The incredible beauty and sights of the prairie ...
2. The Barrier on the Prairies
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THE newly-born Republic of Texas was generally spoken of as the "Land of Promise" by citizens of the United States and Europe. Some exuberant optimists spoke of it as the "land of milk and honey." But as one wit said, "Although Texas was the land of milk and of honey, it was Pioneers came to escape the poverty in the United States brought by ...
3. “My Brother’s Keeper”
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S AM HOUSTON, the first president of the Republic of Texas from October 22, 1836, until December 10, 1838, had a plan for controlling Texas Indians. Upon the Indian policy of the Republic hung the story of the birth of Tarrant County. President Houston believed that if Indians were permitted to live with whites in a brotherhood of faith, most of ...
4. The Sword
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...'"'"L ET the sword do its work," a favorite slogan of David G. Burnet, the provisional president of the Texas republic during its revolution for independence, became the policy of President Lamar in his administra Lamar was not his red brother's keeper. He reversed President Hous ton's Indian policy. In his inaugural address in December 1838, as the ...
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INDIAN hostilities almost depopulated North Texas after 1839. It dwindled to less than half. Those men courageous enough to remain, rarely experienced the joyful excitement of welcoming the arrival of new settlers. They joined companies of minutemen, the title given the volunteers authorized for frontier defense in the session of the Fifth ...
6. Minutemen at Village Creek
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Stout's scouting expedition had returned in the night with information and plans. Stout led the men east into the rising sun of May 24, 1841. They were silent. No doubt they knew one another's thought: the time of revenge was at hand, and there would be bloodshed. Thus they ar rived at the ford of the Trinity where, in the words of General Edward ...
7. Frustrated Effort
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...from the Village Creek expedition. He could not be content with an in complete campaign-not such a soldier as he. In his youth, he had served with Andrew Jackson in several Indian campaigns; had marched off with "Old Hickory" to the war of 1812; and had passed through the blistering battle at New Orleans-General Jackson's immortal victory. ...
8. The Hand of Friendship
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...or a stark wilderness? That depended upon peace between red and white men. To continue the war with the Indians begun by Lamar's policy would make the north a forbidden land where men's hope would end in the war whoop. To restore peace to Indian camps would cause the upper valleys of the Trinity and Brazos to blossom with farms and towns, ...
9. The Treaty of 1843
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The red brothers all know that my words to them have never been forgotten by me. They have never been swallowed up by darkness; nor has the light of the Sun consumed them. Truth cannot perish, but the words of a liar are as nothing. I wish you to come and we will again shake hands and counsel A promise written in the firm strokes of Sam Houston and confirmed ...
BOOK II: Home-builders and a Fort on the Prairies
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...in 1841; Houston's plighted word at Bird's Fort in 1843; Rangers', sur veyors', and trappers' intrepid advances into the wilderness of the Trin ity; the Congress of the Republic with its legal arm; and the annexation of Texas by the United States in December, 1845-all had gone before, opening the way for families in covered wagons to roll into the prairie ...
10. Luring Land Laws
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IN ITS eager desire to settle its empire of more than 18,000,000 acres of unclaimed land, the Republic in 1841 and 1842 granted contracts to immigrant agents much like the Mexican empresario agreements under which Stephen F. Austin had brought in colonists. The area, which was to be organized as Tarrant County in December 1849, was a small por ...
11. A Lonesome Dove
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THE PIONEERS who arrived in 1845 and 1846 settled in the area of present Grapevine, forming a community which was fIrst known as Lonesome Dove, thus winning the distinction of being the fIrst perma In time to do a little planting in 1845, Missourian householders in a wagon train ended their journey on the "Grapevine Prairie." With ...
12. A Bubbling Springs
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LME, changes in nature, and man's progress often obliterate sites of former sources of earth's prolific bounty and centers of man's prosperous living. In the late 1940s, three miles south of the town of Arlington, now a metropolis, were remnants of such a place--small boulders and a hol low of muddy water. A century earlier, bubbling springs of refreshing ...
13. A Fort and a General
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...attention to Texas, the new state annexed on the eve of the war. The treaty of annexation stated that the United States would assume control of Indian defense in Texas. In the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which had concluded the Mexican War, the United States had agreed to pre vent American Indians from marauding into Mexico. To comply with ...
14. The Lone Fort on the Prairie
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RIFLE SHOTS clapped with ear-piercing sharpness cutting through the heavy silence on June 6, 1849, to climax the raising of the United States flag of thirty stars at the forks of the Trinity. A military cere mony in good form for the records of the War Department in Washing ton had taken place. The Second Dragoons, Company F, United States ...
15. The Major
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...of thirty-two. Six feet tall, slender, graceful, gray eyes, a dominant fore head topped with auburn hair, a good chin and a mouth set in purposeful lines-he had the bearing of youth. Youthful strength with power drive, he was symbolic of the trait that would dominate Fort Worth's city He began his career at West Point on July 1, 1834. On that date the ...
BOOK III: Fort Town on the Prairies
...separated Americans from fantastic empires in Asia and from the ruling classes in Europe who were disdainful of the strange political experi ment in America which admitted frontier rustics to public offices, even to the presidency-and managed government according to the popular will. However, the frontiersman, with his rifles, axes and plows knew ...
16. Cabins on the Fort’s Horizon
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SONS OF pioneers rarely sought security on the settled frontiers. It was the belief and the faith of Americans in those days that their fate was their responsibility; that the western wilderness gave them oppor tunity; and what they did with that opportunity was up to them. Such was the pioneering spirit which brought one wagon, several wagons, ...
17. Birth of Tarrant County
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BEYOND eye-view, east of the military post of Fort Worth in 1850, were two settled communities. One was in the present area of Grapevine where the Missouri colony began building in 1845. For a time the com munity was known as Leonardville and Dunnville respectively, and after 1854, as Grapevine. The second community was around Birdville, ...
18. Vision and Tussle, Then Fort Town
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...magic flash into a fort town when the United States troops departed in September, 1853. The deserted fort stood on the high bluff with not more than six cabins near it. On the north, south, and west horizons of early Fort Town there were less than a hundred cabins rising from the prairie On the eastern horizon was flourishing Birdville, the county seat. ...
BOOK IV: Shadows on the Prairies
...less expanse of sky, casting shadows upon the prairies; it was an unusual characteristic of the new country into which the homeseekers had corne -this Great Southwest. Perhaps watching the shadows on the prairies caused the settlers to forget the squeaking of the wagons and the monot onous rhythm of the turning wheels slowly nibbling away the hundreds ...
19. Vexations of 1860
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...lesting the settlers if the women gathered their families into the house, closed the shutters and quieted the children. There was trouble only when the savages encountered the settlers in the field or when the white people fired upon them. By 1856, the constant dread of Indian massacres had been stricken from the list of frontier problems for the inhabitants of ...
20. Decisions of 1861 and 1862
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...in the year 1861. Should Texas secede from the Union? Should the state return to the status of a republic or join the Confederate States of America? Should Fort Worthians haul down the United States flag, born of their grandfathers' blood, saved by their fathers' blood in the War of 1812, and for which they themselves fought during the Mexican ...
21. Harvest Time of Decisions
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...riding in the Frontier Guard to keep the Indians beyond the new frontier line of defense extending from Lampasas County through Brown, Co Few men were left in Fort Worth. The town was almost depDpulated, and would remain a village Df a few hundred until the late sixties. In 1861, the population numbered some 350 persons. Now was the harvest ...
BOOK V: Re-sowing the Prairies
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...building. Along with earning their bread, politics for these men was seri ous business as well as their chief sport and amusement. But at the end of the Civil War, radical Northerners in control of Congress stripped them of their political rights and interfered with their unrestrained economic freedom. For nine years, from July 1865 to January 1874, the ...
22. Chastisement, 1865 -1869
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...news analyst was heard to say on the public square, "Well, it's not over, if you mean the war." For the big news quickening the spirits of the inhabitants was startling, and they were adjusting their minds to it. General Sheridan, commander of the military division of the South west, with headquarters at New Orleans, had sent General Gordon ...
23. Redemption, 1870-1872
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...mander of Texas, proclaimed without making public the election returns, that Davis was elected governor and that the Texas Constitution of 1869 had been adopted. He also announced the names of the four congressmen elected. Three of these were radical Republicans and the fourth congress man, J. c. Conner, was a carpetbagger but a member of the Democratic ...
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EVENTS molding affairs of the nation had reflected their influence over everyday existence in Fort Worth from 1853 to 1872. To these national currents Fort Worth men had wisely reacted. Through each national problem, they had carried their town, which held the total of their hope, to a new growth through overcoming. By their efforts the ...
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Calvert, Lucy Burton. Accounts of her father Noel Burton, Captain E. M. Chapman, Elizabeth Frances Terry. Daughter of Judge Terry supplied his. toric information of Reconstruction in Fort Worth and the events of the Farmer, Sue. A sketch of the life of Press Farmer, as related by this great great-granddaughter. Original materials supplied by Dorothy Burgess. ...
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A list of early settlers who preempted land in Tarrant County will prove a valuable reference in tracing families of the present and future genera tions. Thomas William Ward was appointed commissioner to issue headright certificates to settlers, and the following were listed within the limits of The following list of pioneers was made from several sources: a list made ...
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Note: Variant spellings and the use of initials versus full names may have resulted in ...
Page Count: 388
Illustrations: 12 b&w photos.
Publication Year: 2013