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Private H. K. Holland | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas

Private

H. K. Holland

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 3, 1855

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Overseas

Weapon: Unknown weapon

Offender: Not available

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After continuous raiding by Indians into Texas, Governor E.M. Pease authorized James H. Callahan to form a company of state rangers to pursue Indians and “follow them up and chastise them wherever they may be found.”

Captain Callahan’s company of 110 Texas Mounted Rangers pursued a war party of Lipan Apaches who had committed depredations in Texas across the Rio Grande River into Mexico. As the rangers approached Escondido Creek, a fusillade of gunfire erupted from a distant timberline. A force of 600-700 Mexican troops and Indians had been concealed in the timber. Captain Callahan halted his troops and ordered them to form a skirmish line, and then ordered a charge. Privates William H. Clopton, Augustus Smith, Willis E. Jones and H.K. Holland were killed and six rangers suffered serious wounds. Private Jones’ body was recovered but the other dead rangers had to be left on the battle field. Two hundred additional Mexican infantry arrived on the scene and Captain Callahan retreated to Piedras Negras, a Mexican town across the river from Eagle Pass, Texas. The U.S. Army forces at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass had strict orders not to cross the border. When Callahan heard that 1,000 Mexican troops were en route, he retreated back across the border into Texas.

Private Holland had enlisted in the Texas Mounted Rangers at Leona River on September 15, 1855 at age 24. No other information is known about him at this time.

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