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Massacre at Howard’s Well and Other Depredations – Indian Wars

Closely following the outbreak of the┬áCherokees and half -breed renegades at Whitemore‘s, Barren Fork, came on attack by a similar party of Indians, half breeds, and Mexicans combined, on a train of supplies, en route to Fort Stockton, at Howard’s Well, near old Fort Lancaster. The facts of this one of the most inhuman massacres in history were reported to the “War Department, by Col. Merritt, through General Angua, under date of April 29th, 1872. We give the report as written: On the 20th inst, I arrived with the cavalry of my command at Howard’s Well, a few hours too late to prevent one of the most horrible massacres that has ever been perpetrated on this frontier. A Mexican train, loaded with United States commissary and ordinance stores, on its way from San Antonio to Fort Stockton, was attacked by Indians, plundered and burned. All the people with the train, seventeen souls in all, were killed or wounded, except one woman. My command buried eleven bodies, and brought three wounded men and one woman into this post. Before arriving at the burning train, the first intimation we had of the horrible disaster were the charred and blackened corpses of some of the poor victims, but no one was alive to tell the horrors of the affair. I supposed, up to this time, that Capt. Sheridan, with the infantry of my command was in camp at Howard’s Well, about a mile from the scene of the massacre, and while yet some distance from the point the smoke of the burning wagons, mistaken for his camp fires, confirmed me in this...

Biography of Malcolm E. Rosser

During a period of eight years Malcolm E. Rosser has been successfully engaged in the private practice of law in Muskogee and prior to that time was prominent as a public official of Oklahoma. He served for two terms as judge of the fifth judicial district of the state and at one time was Supreme Court commissioner. He is a western man by birth, training and preference. Arkansas is his native state, his birth having occurred on the old homestead farm near Fayetteville, in Washington county, January 16, 1870, his parents being William E. and Virginia Frances (Hudson) Rosser, the former a native of Campbell county, Virginia, while the latter was born in the state of Mississippi and yet makes her home in Washington county, Arkansas. William E. Rosser was a representative of one of the old families of Virginia, being a son of Colonel Rosser, who owned and cultivated a large plantation in Virginia, serving also at one time as an officer in the state militia and as high sheriff of his county. About the year 1850 he removed with his family to Texas and following the Civil war became a resident of Washington county, Arkansas, there spending his remaining days. William E. Rosser was largely reared and educated in Texas, being quite young when he accompanied his parents to that state. He joined the Confederate army at the outbreak of the Civil war and loyally defended the principles in which he believed until the close of hostilities, participating in numerous engagements in Missouri and Arkansas, of which he sustained several wounds. In one of which he sustained...

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