“[These reminiscences] light up for whoever will read the earliest days of early English-speaking Texas.” —J. Frank Dobie, from the foreword
A firsthand account of pioneer life in east Texas.
This is the firsthand account by one who measured up to the demands of danger and hardships and lived to write about it for others. For here is history in the making—Indian raids and Mexican forays were daily menaces and brought massacres, capture, and torture to these first settlers. These reminiscences . . . are invaluable for their recordings of early frontier times and for their presentation of such historic happenings as the Mier and Santa Fe expeditions. The original flavor of the writing has been beautifully retained and the entire account is well documented.
— Library JournalJohn Holmes Jenkins . . . has done a splendid job of editing a splendid piece of Americana.
— New Yorker
- I. Austin's Little Colony
- II. Valuable Additions Arrive
- III. Mexican Invasion
- IV. Brushy Creek and Plum Creek
- V. Comanches, Caddoes, and Cherokees
- VI. More Mexican Trouble
- VII. The Mier Expedition
- VIII. The Texan Santa Fe Expedition
- IX. People of Note.
- X. Recollections at Random
- XI. In All Fairness
- XII. Hunting and Social Life
- XIII. From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
- XIV. In Conclusion
- Biographical Notes