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Josefa (Chipita) Rodriquez… Today in History


images“No soy culpable”     I am not guilty”    These were the only words spoken by Josefa Rodriquez during her 1863 trial for the murder of John Savage

Josefa , an orphan from an early age, ran an inn in her tumble-down home in San Patricio County, Texas.

John Savage, a trader who had stayed overnight in her establishment, was found bludgeoned by an ax at the side of a river near her home.

Josefa and her son are arrested for his murder and held for a trial overseen by Judge Benjamin Neal. Judge Neal had a diversified history as a newspaper editor, teacher, politician and boarder raider.

The head of the grand jury was the sheriff who arrested her. Jury members included men who were facing trial for their own crimes.

Josefa  did not testify at her trial, only stating she was not guilty.  It was thought that she may have been protecting her son, who possibly did the deed. Evidence was weak, and circumstantial.  Another theory was floated about that perhaps she was gathering information on reasons to enter the civil war for Texan legislatures, and her death was a political measure.

The jury found her guilty and suggested clemency.  She was 63 years old.  Judge Neal sentenced her to hang from a tree on November 13, 1863.  Some say she is the first woman executed in Texas.  She was pardoned inn 1985 by  Texas Governor White.

It is also said, that Josefa wanders the river bottoms of  Texas when a woman is sentenced to die…  Josefa  mourning her false conviction and death.chipita
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Let Freedom Ring


Freedom is hard-won.  Won with the lives of our children, with the ferocity of our people’s beliefs.  Today, we honor this.  Live like it matters!Statue-of-Liberty-aka-The-great-Bartholdi-statue-1884

 

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The Battle of Little Big Horn


June 25 To 27, 1876  in Montana Territory.  This posting is not a celebration, so many lives were lost on both sides.  .

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The Salt Creek Crossing Raid


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warrenwagonContractor Henry Warren was hired to haul supplies to the forts in West Texas. On May 18, 1871 Warren’s wagon train, heavily laden with corn, was traveling the Jackson Belknap Road towards Salt Creek Crossing. Along the trail they briefly encountered the famous General William Tecumseh Sherman. Within an hour of this brief encounter a large group of riders was spotted in the distance ahead, appearing to be Kiowa warriors. Warren quickly placed the wagons in a circle, mules in the center.
The Warriors efficiently attacked the circled wagons, killing then mutilating seven of the wagoners. The leaders of the Kiowa warriors were Satana, Satank, and Eagle Heart. They had watched the Sherman party pass by from their hidden post, but had not attacked. The previous evening a Shaman predicted that the relatively small party would be shortly followed by a larger party with more reward.
The raiders lost 3 men but in the end of the raid captured 41 mules’ carrying many supplies as the Shaman had prophesied.
Only five men escaped, including one Thomas Brazeale who managed to reach Fort Richardson, 20 long walking miles away where he told the story of the brutal attack to Colonel Ronald Mackenzie. Sherman was informed and the two army officers took a party out to search for the raiders. The 3 chiefs were captured and sent by train to Fort Richardson. Satank was killed on the train while trying to escape, and the other two were tried and convicted of murder in Jack County, Texas on July 6 in the first Native American trial in history,

 

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Fort Sissaton Time is Near!!!


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Our sure harbinger of spring is nearly here!  Fort Sisseton Chuck Wagon Cook Off at the Fort Sisseton Celebration.   Fort Sisseton Festival   patrick wagon

 

This is a wonderful event everyone.  It has it all, music, food, horses, mountain men, soldiers, damsels, vendors, entertainers, fun, dancing, SHOWERS!, camping, charming chuck wagon cookies!

Painting at Fort Sissaton Cook Off

Painting at Fort Sisseton Cook Off

 

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Holy Cow! Happy Birthday Calamity Jane!!!


martha canary ( From  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calamity_Jane )

Martha Jane Canary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903 age 51), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Indians. She is said to have also exhibited kindness and compassion, especially to the sick and needy. This contrast helped to make her a famous frontier figure.

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May Day!!!


May Day!!!!  Gotta love Spring!!!National-Park-Seminary-May-Day-1907

 

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