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Brunce Jordan

Edited by Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller University of North Texas Press PDF

Introducing Brunce Jordan

Brunce was a logger who always used mules or oxen. "They can do better in mud and water," he said, "and a ox is better than a mule. They don't bog down so bad." This was important to Brunce who, for years, logged in the rain-soaked country of Hardin County. "When I think of this country as it was from here over at Batson and around, I think of mud," he said.

When one thinks of a logger he is not apt to visualize a wiry little man of 115 pounds, but

Brunce Jordan never weighed much more. As a result of a logging contest he won years ago,

Brunce was affectionately called "King of the

Loggers." He knows the job and goes about it deliberately, without wasting effort. I spent a day in the woods with Brunce and Speedy McGee, his helper for twenty-five years or more, and they could work together effectively for hours at a time without saying a word. Even his mules had a working understanding of the job that reduced communication to a minimum.

Brunce still used his original wagon. "In a way it's the same old wagon but there ain't nothin' about it that was there when I bought it Every part has been replaced, some of it lots of times.

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33. A Practical Joke: Part 2

Edited and Annotated by Jacques D. Bagur University of North Texas Press PDF

234    Red River Reminiscences

of having done already a whole year’s service. At the sight of the cards the New Yorker was horrified; and shoving his chair back from the table he begged to be excused, declaring that “for many years he had not touched a pack of cards and really knew nothing of the game proposed.” But the two Arkansas friends would not listen to his protestations; they both insisted upon his joining them, and went on with their preparations for a night’s sport with an air of assurance that he would at last “come to take a hand.”

They took their positions and each pulled out from his pocket a handful of silver coin and “stacked it up,” each denomination by itself, so that no delay need occur in “making good” any bet proposed. This done, General Armstrong, (here I may as well explain that Andrew L. Armstrong, of whom I am writing, and who was familiarly known in his neighborhood as “Andy,” was also dubbed

“General,” in accordance with the Southern usage, which, in that day, gave to every man who could claim any prominence in the community where he lived a title; and, I may add, also, that Andy

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Tales of the Alabama-Coushatta Indians - Howard N. Martin

Edited by Francis E. Abernethy University of North Texas Press PDF




There is not much left in the Big Thicket to tell us about the first men who hunted in its woods. At least ten thousand years ago hunters left their spear heads in East Texas in the remains of sloths and mastodons and other now-extinct animals, but so far nothing has been found to show that these early Americans roamed or settledin the Thicket area.

Three groups of Indians are historically associated with the

Thicket. They are the Atakapans, the Caddoes, and the AlabamaCoushatta. In the historical beginning, however, only the Atakapan and the Caddo moved through the Thicket with any regularity. Other tribes from as far away as Oklahoma, Colorado, and

Kansas made periodic hunting trips into the Thicket for bear meat, skins, and tallow; and Tonkawas, Lipans, and Wichitas met in peace at the medicinal springs around present-day Sour Lake and

Saratoga. But primarily the Thicket was the meat house of the mound-building Caddoes, who occupied the fertile rolling hills to the north, and the cannibalistic Atakapans, who bounded the

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Chapter Two: Aachen—October 1944

Alec Wahlman University of North Texas Press ePub

The assault on Aachen marked a new phase in the American Army's drive eastward from Normandy into the Reich. The slow, grinding hedgerow fighting of June and July 1944 had given way to frenzied pursuit in August. In September, however, as US forces approached Germany itself, the pursuit phase ended as quickly as it had begun. The slower tempo in turn shaped how American forces encircled and captured Aachen. Aside from the symbolic value as the first German city threatened by Allied ground forces, Aachen was also a useful military objective. The city was the gateway to the Aachen Gap, an avenue into Germany's industrial heart—the Ruhr.

Initial US plans were to bypass Aachen, cut it off, and then mop up the weakened defenders, but those plans were thwarted by unexpectedly dogged German resistance, forcing a more methodical approach. The US effort then shifted to a better resourced pincer movement by two corps, to isolate the city in preparation for the final assault. Strong German counterattacks, and the fortifications of the Siegfried Line, made the encirclement far more demanding and slower than expected. With many forces dedicated to the encirclement and holding off German counterattacks, US commanders strained to find manpower for the assault, and they compensated with extensive armor, artillery, and air support. While German forces were less short of manpower, their troops were of doubtful quality. Most formations were ad hoc groupings of hastily assembled units of non-infantry personnel, or the shattered remnants of larger formations. German armor was scarce, and air support almost non-existent, although artillery support was relatively abundant.

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Appendix 16 • New York Herald coverage of Crook's Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition New York Herald

Edited and Annotated by Charles M. Robinson III University of North Texas Press PDF

Appendix 16


New York

York Herald

Herald c0verage of Crook's

Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition

Reprinted below are Reuben Davenport’s account of the Battle of the Rosebud, and the New York Herald editorial, that Bourke mentioned so derisively in his diary. The Herald bluntly suggested that Crook had been defeated, pointing out that he had been stalled and forced back to Goose Creek, while the Lakotas retained complete freedom of movement. Crook was furious. He expected correspondents to earn their keep by representing his views, and the contention that the Rosebud could be anything other than total victory was unforgivable. Davenport was ostracized, and the other correspondents, eager to maintain their “insider” status with

Crook, took his side against their colleague.

Davenport’s dispatch on the Rosebud Fight

New York Herald, July 6, 1876, reprinted in Jerome Green,

Battles and Skirmishes of the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877:

The Military View, 26-40.

Three days ago the first fight of the campaign against the Sioux in this military department took place. The fighting column marched from the camp, situated at the fork of Goose Creek, on June 16, accompanied by the 250 Indian auxiliaries who had arrived on the preceding day, and numbered about 1,300 men. The infantry were mounted upon mules borrowed from the pack trains. Twenty mounted packers were also allowed to go, and carried carbines.

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