Details for Vicinity of Indian Fight (Atlas Number 5441005646)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441005646

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Marker Number 5646
Atlas Number 5441005646
Marker Title Vicinity of Indian Fight
Index Entry Indian Fight, Vicinity of
Address Fm 1235
City Merkel
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 408571
UTM Northing 3584851
Subject Codes rangers; military topics; Native Americans
Marker Year 1968
Designations
Marker Location from Merkel, take FM 1235 about 7 miles south
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text On New Year's Day, 1871, Indian raiders who had stolen horses in Coleman County were pursued and overtaken here by 18 Texas Rangers and cowboys. Leaders of the group were Captain James. M. Swisher and rancher Sam Gholson. The Indians took refuge in the heights west of Mountain Pass. The ensuing battle lasted all day, and at nightfall the raiders left the horses and fled. Of the fewer than one dozen Indians, one was killed, several wounded. One cowboy was wounded and another, J. M. Elkins, recorded the battle in his book, "Indian Fighting on the Texas Frontier." (1968)