The Great Comanche Raid

7 August 1840  

On this date in 1840… 

During the “Great Raid,” a thousand Comanche warriorscommanded by Chief Buffalo Hump sacked Linville and Victoria, Texas in retaliation for what they saw as a betrayal at the Council House fight. This raid became the inspiration for the fictional raid on Austin in Larry McMurty’s novel, Comanche Moon.

Other Years:
  • 1670 – The Apache attacked the ancient Zuni Pueblo of Hawikuh, burning the new church and killing the priest.
  • 1760 – Fort Loudon, Tennessee surrendered to a large Cherokee force.
  • 1782 – George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.
  • 1942 – Singer B.J. Thomas was born in Hugo, Oklahoma.
  • 1964 -Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on United States forces.
  • 1989 – A small plane carrying Congressman Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 15 others crashed during a flight in Ethiopia. There were no survivors.

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