Rachel Plummers Narrative Of 21 Months Servitude As A Prisoner Among The Comanche Indians by Rachel PlummerI am currently listening to the book about Quanah Parker, and this narrative is discussed in detail. I was able to download a version of this book from, I believe, the Houston Public Library. It is divided into 3 sections, the first being an account written by her father of the raid at Parkers Fort and his subsequent search for Rachel and the other captives. The second section is rather long and kind of boring. It gives a very detailed geographical description of Texas and also includes a history of the country. It ends with advice for those emigrating to Texas.
The final section is Rachels narrative. This is fairly brief but an interesting look at an intelligent young woman who was strong and learned to persevere until she was rescued. It is unfortunate that she did not live long after her rescue. History buffs will only want to learn more.
Rachel Plummer, Comanche captive
Celia, what a sad story. Beautiful poem, isn't it? I don't know how she survived as long as she did. What a haunting and emotional post. There were parts I could barely read because they were so heart-wrenching. Such brutality.
Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox Sign me up! Parker , was born in Illinois on March 22, The family lived in what was then Clark County, Illinois, for about eleven years. After three of his children died from disease, Parker decided to leave Illinois. The Parkers stayed a short while in Arkansas before moving with other members of their family to Texas in the winter of or Parker was a Baptist minister, and most of the members in the group were Baptists. The family lived for short periods on the Angelina, Colorado, and Brazos rivers, then settled on the Navasota River in the fall of
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Admission to the presentation is free with donations gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served following the presentation and the presenters will be available for questions and discussion. The setting is the Texas and Oklahoma plains which were the home of the Comanche nation, but the events are transferrable to all areas of America where the cultures of the Native Americans and the Spanish, Mexican, and European-Americans came in conflict. Whenever and wherever these cultural clashes have occurred, stories of both heroism and cowardice, honor and dishonor and tragedy have been the subject of much discussion and literature. Dummel and Schaefer will introduce the audience to Cynthia Ann Parker, who at the age 10 and Rachel Parker Plummer, who at the age 17, were captured by the Comanche during a raid in May of at Fort Parker. Rachael made it back to her family, but Cynthia remained with the Comanche.
They had pushed farther westward than any permanent settlers had yet attempted and built a fort and began farming. In May of , about two dozen Parkers were at the fort and in the nearby fields when a band of Comanches rode up under a white flag. Benjamin Parker approached the riders to parlay, but he was suddenly surrounded and impaled with lances. The Comanches fell upon the settlement, killing five men, wounding two women, and carrying off five captives. One of the five captives, Elizabeth Kellogg, was sold by the Comanches to the Delawares within a few months of the capture. James Parker unsuccessfully petitioned his old friend Sam Houston for financial assistance to buy back his relatives; he endured floods, blizzards, and near starvation He strangled a skunk to stay alive at one point.
Parker and the cousin of Quanah Parker , last free-roaming chief of the Comanches. An Anglo-Texan woman of Scots-Irish descent, she was kidnapped at the age of seventeen, along with her son, James Pratt Plummer , age two, and her cousins, by a Native American raiding party. Rachel Plummer's 21 months among the Comanche as a prisoner became a sensation when she wrote a book about her captivity, Rachael Plummer's Narrative of Twenty One Months' Servitude as a Prisoner Among the Commanchee Indians , which was issued in Houston in This was the first narrative about a captive of Texas Indians published in the Republic of Texas , and it was a sensation not just there, but in the United States and even abroad. In , after Rachel's death, her father published a revised edition of her book as an appendix to his Narrative of the Perilous Adventures, Miraculous Escapes and Sufferings of Rev. James W.