Conrad's Stories

The life and times of the Conrad Adam family in Kendall County, Texas

12 November 1864 the Dallas Weekly Herald in Dallas, Texas published an article about Indians in Kendall County. The Dallas Herald had picked up the article from the Austin Gazette. George Wilkins Kendall sent a news report on October 28th stating Indians had raided two days before in Kendall County. The first sign of them was near Wasp Creek. They killed one horse with arrows and two horses were wounded and left behind. The next day five Indians were sighted by Mr. Heiligman who lived two miles from Wasp Creek. He saw them herding a group of animals including four of his horses who had been grazing in his pasture.  Once the alarm was raised, Lieutenant O’Grady with a small group of men followed in pursuit.

I have two questions. Who were the men that followed in pursuit?  Could Conrad Adam have been one of them?  Arrgh!  Conrad belonged to the Frontier Guard.  The Guard had been organized by the Confederacy to provide protection for the settlers from Indian attacks and other dangers.  Many men from the area and almost all the soldiers, who had been stationed in the forts along the line of the frontier, were gone and the Guard was just about the only line of defense for the citizens.

“Indians in Kendall County.” Dallas, TX: Dallas Weekly Herald, V. XII, 12, 2p.

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