James M. Thackston's experiences in the Indian Wars (1892 Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.))
lia-b.litici ri-C'-ntly A.N OLD bOLDIBU. Ovvr n Utas:inarla,llUaaM'ri Pwa-Ion. Jidilor Advertiser 1'ifty or sixiy year ago Jnme Tleickt.)n (now an ociosjoiiariaji) si ttled la'Iteat 15, Montgomery County, Ala With h.s father lie mruo from Abbe ville District, X. C., and mailed 0(f- Bi tes ea."l of Montgomery o. the plitpi'f tlo now kuowu ns the Multou Plat f!.e 7"ir J MIS, one year before -AlnriViiA aMUlllutl lite I'esiionslbil V of S(a(cLjiiid I i i''eiir.'iry. is:ii. h,- went to l-'l Toil a voliin:eer in Johu S . B iuutii i '.phi-pauy, (!olo:,el ( iitn.ilui's ri-gime-:! t 'af- '. in sttDiiiiiig ttie no-Hie nvaicHiies. Ill" ejlari took Itissigeoli -t slenniiio at .Moii'gotiicry and wfeit to .loliile thence by oc an sltMuier jti l'ort Bio ;k two mile- from 'l".-t;iiji.i. i.i. l'roin i'.ot, Brook they n-a i i!o-, I uorthward n.x.y- fr.'e- miles u l.civ I-ori A'ab.utiti was built oil the tllt:K of the WitllllCfioeiiee Xlivcr. While here Mr. Tiuck-toj t.-lls a story (io him-elf mat will make n-.aay au old soel.er ih tik of soirlllng evetil the late war. One morning, tiefore the gilos of the J-'ort were nlloweil to. opviied. ho crawled through port ln-lc for c.innoii and hurried to the river f a bucket of water, and just as he filled his vwscl with water the sham era of iiir.- riles reached his ear-. He kttvw ihc red man was some wli'-re amnusti aud futiCKmetl he wa tin- tar: He made a dash for the port hob' und siys he uever knew ho bad the bucket of water uutll it impeded hi eutriu;ce at the poll hole, although the bucket held four or five gallmw. It proved, however, that the Indians were shooting at two oiler soldiers who had ventured out t early on the opposite side of the X-'or., one of whom wa4 k lied at a distut.ta- of 2il yards. The u.iloiiuuate one w. s a BK-mlH-r of i he ilon tgouiciy Blues by llie name of Kvans. At another time, while on a march through tiw country, the Indians atubtHhed the command at a place culleil Rum Branch, where ihey fterti forced to atop to p''o-pare a cTos'tig fit the wac'ts. The triHips were In an open plsoe ealied th re it "Suvunna," when the Indians, who w re in ilerue thickets on three sides of them, opeie d fire.The order v is given for every man fo protect hiunoif lis be-tt he could. Some lay .down, oile-rn ran behind wagons or U"ik to the shelter of what few trees were near by. while tho company to which Mr. Tlwekmou iH'longeii happened to ue in I rout of a largo pine log behind which they lay down to avoid tie- leaden missets that were whistling In every duvejou. Judging from the ouud, Jlr. Tluctoiion sjya "there must have b c;i a pwk oi fj-flc Otills bred Uilo that old log." liuding tliey could not dislodge the enemy iu their dense covert, lifter M ij. &ius had had two horses shot under him ordered u charge into the thickets, which, after nil engagement of one hour lie. 1 a half, they succeeded ill driving the enemy away so they could resuiii their inn :-!. Mr. Thackston says while in Florida lie saw a man by the inline of Clark, who told him that be (Clark) was one of two survivors in the Major Dade in.i-s.-t-live, where Xil-itory says, Major Dade and 117 men fell into uu uuibush on a march from Tampa to X'ort King. n(co ut! killed. Clark says "he ami one other man al ter the Indians hud 1. ft the li-id of battle, found tln-y bad a liule life hot them, although Chirk says he was sli A throutrh the fleshy part of both thigh. a ball had passed through the fleshy part of one arm and another through the mi nor part of one lung, he and his compan ion siartca to go to tne fort, hut the iitwt day Uuy were discovered by an Jmlian, who kilhd his coiiipnniem, but he (Clark) hid In the palmetto and i Iu. i d the vigilant eye of Ins mortcl foe. Two years ago .Mr. I haekstoti says he le-tnd from Clark, who wat? than in the Stitie of New Vork living on a pension. .nr. ttitickstoit Jias linen a consistent nieiuber of thu Primitive Baptist fji(.h since 1M37. He has lived to raise ten children, five of whom are living. As a itiZoit of Montiromerv oountv his life lias been one worthy hi 6'- followed., although he dikaa no active part in poliKio. be cast his vote with a son standing by his sids for the regular State tekei a few days ago. Mr. Thsckston is oue of the old land marks, a connecting link between the present and the past. He says "I have voted from General Jackson down to the present time, yet I never saw such a disgraceful scene n I saw at th el-'O tiou the first Monday in Ainrtist. Nirt.ve born citizens seeking ol!iee at the hand of thu negroes ot the country in preference ,...! .. i,:. .. .a.-i.i " s ,w m ti t, imu inaiiooi. J. R. MeLendojl. P. S.-Why caiuiot Mr 1 . ue pea- Sionoil ' Naftel, AJn., Aug. 12th, '02.