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    Grand Jury indictment demonstrating the violent Texas frontier

    [Henry E. McCulloch] Grand Jury Indictment. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", April 10, 1840, Gonzales County, Texas. This indictment was for Cany C. Colly, who was accused of being an accessory to murder. According to the indictment, on Christmas Day 1839, Colly "at the house of one J. J. Good was present aiding abetting and assisting one Henry E. McCulloch to do and commit murder upon Reuben Ross and that the said Cany C. Colly . . . did kill and murder the said Reuben Ross."

    Henry McCulloch, future Texas Ranger and Confederate officer, was the younger brother of Ben McCulloch, who later became a Texas Ranger, Confederate hero, and brigadier general killed during the Civil War at the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas. The McCulloch brothers had moved to Gonzales County as surveyors in the 1830s. Reuben Ross was an officer in the Texas army, a participant at the Battle of San Jacinto, and a trained dualist. In October 1839, Ross wounded Ben McCulloch's right arm in a rifle duel. A few months later on Christmas Day 1839, Henry shot and killed an intoxicated Ross. This indictment is signed by District Attorney John D. Morris (1816-1896) who was appointed district attorney of the Fourth Judicial District in 1837. A few weeks before the April 1840 court term Morris shot a Comanche who was aiming a firearm at an unarmed man. This document is toned with folds; fine.

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