Rebellion 1847 - 1849     
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Grave of Isaac Payne
Grave marker of Isaac Payne, one of the three scouts who received the Medal of Honor for rescuing Lieutenant Bullis in 1875. Grave markers for all three are cared for in the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery in Brackettville. Original image from TXGenWeb Kinney County Web site at
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The scouts’ most celebrated action took place in 1875 during a skirmish with Comanches. After tracking about 25 Comanches to their camp on the Pecos River, three scouts and Lieutenant Bullis opened fire. They killed three warriors before the Comanches realized how few were their attackers. The scouts escaped when the Indians counter-attacked, but Bullis could not corral his mount. Turning back, Sergeant John Ward led a dramatic ride into the teeth of the enemy, narrowly rescuing Bullis while Private Pompey Factor and Trumpeter Isaac Payne kept the Indians at bay. The four men dashed to safety, then rode 56 miles to reach Fort Clark later that day. Bullis credited the scouts with “saving his hair,” and all three scouts received Medals of Honor for their gallantry.

Throughout the period, though they were often outnumbered in hostile engagements, the scouts never lost a man. Had they been white, their courage would have been the stuff of legend.

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Sources: Wallace 92-111, Mulroy 122, Porter Black 193-194. ©
Part 4, Freedom: Outline  l Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 + War: 1832-1838
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 - Freedom: 1850-1882
+ Cost of Freedom
+ Liberty Foretold
+ Liberty Found
Los Mascogos
Fort Clark
 + Legacy & Conclusion


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