By Nelson Lee
During this reprint of a vintage Indian Captivity Narrative from the nineteenth century, Nelson Lee recounts his adventures and his slender get away from the Comanches in stories approximately too tall to be real. From South the USA to Texas, he unearths event in all places. Lee emerges from one bushy scenario purely to experience into one other bold experience with the chilliness of a Hollywood hero. for 3 years he's held captive one of the Comanches. Tortured by way of his captors, this Texas Ranger survives to inform others approximately what he observes and learns concerning the Comanche tribe, and publishes the best descriptions of the lifetime of the Texas Rangers.
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Some gathered wood and kindled a firesome took charge of the horses, while other sallied out in quest of game for supper. Having satisfied the cravings of appetite, as soon as darkness began to overspread the prairie, we mounted, and riding an hour or more directly out of our general course, halted for the night in the most secluded situation we could discover. The object was to sleep as far as possible from the smoke which the cooking of our supper necessarily created, and which, as it curled into the air, was impossible to hide from the observation of the enemy.
In concluding upon the plan of attack, our great object was to rescue the captured women. It was ascertained, as we anticipated, that they were with the old warriors in the rear of their encampment. A portion of our force, accordingly, made a wide circuit, and falling stealthily upon that point succeeded in saving harmless two of the captives, the other being stabbed to death by an Indian before making his escape. As I approached with another detachment of my comrades from a different direction, a buckshot struck me near the elbow, passing up the arm to the shoulder blade, where it yet remains.
The second portion of his narrative supposedly began in 1855, when a fellow horse trader named William Aiken convinced Lee to move a large herd of horses to markets in California, an illogical decision since the United States, not California, was the major market for such stock. Lee claimed that the animals were rounded up south of the border and slowly herded up the Río Grande. Somewhere east of El Paso, the Comanches struck the party, killing twenty-three men and taking four captive, among them Lee and Aiken.