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THE BATTLE CREEK FIGHT
AKA Surveyors' Fight

Memorial is on Highway 31
one mile West of Dawson in Navarro County

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Indian Massacre Battle Creek Burial Ground
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Shortly after the battle of San Jacinto, Republic of Texas surveyors were mapping this part of Navarro County for land grants to be awarded to Texas Revolution veterans. On October 8, 1838 a group of Indians approached the party which was just east of Battle Creek. The Indians numbered 300 to the surveyors 25 (estimated).

The Indians requested the surveyors to leave, but if the men were thinking of leaving, their actions were too slow for the Indians who attacked. The fight, which lasted an entire day, left 18 dead from the surveyor’s party. The number of Indian dead is usually given as 30.

It was the last major conflict between whites and Indians in Navarro County.

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Indian Massacre Battle Creek Burial Ground marker
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Indian Massacre Battle Creek Burial Ground marker- names of buried
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Indian Massacre Battle Creek Burial Ground marker text
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Indian Massacre Battle Creek Burial Ground marker, names of those escaped
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