Lieutenant Thomas Couzens

Lieutenant Thomas Couzens

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, January 11, 1848

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Thomas Couzens

Lieutenant Thomas Couzens, Private Littleton Rattan, Private Richard Gilbert and were killed during a fight with Indians near the headwaters of the Nueces River.

The Rangers had pursued the Indians, who had stolen several horses from their camp. They engaged in hand-to-hand combat after a nine-day pursuit. Private Gilbert and Private Rattan were both killed during the fight. Lieutenant Couzens was struck by an arrow and died from his wounds on January 11th, 1848.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Saturday, December 18, 1847
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Not available

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Lt. Couzens,
On today, the 172nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas.


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January 11, 2020

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