On one of our recent drives through south Texas on a rainy day, Ric and I just knew…we could feel the presence of those who once rode the Llano County hills.
It was supposedly Apaches in a group of 20+ that set out down the South Llano River, raiding ranches and stealing horses in early August of 1873. Three brothers, Stephen, W.B. and James Moss, along with E. D. Harrington, Eli Loyd, Arch Martin, Pink Ayres, and Robert Brown, all men of the area, set out in pursuit of the Indians on August 4.
It was the next day that the men overtook “the thieves” on Packsaddle Mountain, where they had several hundred pounds of beef drying on the rocks. After the battle, three Indians were dead and at least three of the whites were wounded. As it turned out, this was to be the last battle fought between red man and white in Llano County, Texas.