The following sketch of the life of Gen. Ben McCullough
, who participated in the battle of Davis' Creek, in Missouri
, will be read with interest:
was born in Rutherford county, Tenn
, in 1814 His father, Alexander McCullough
, was aid de-camp to Gen. Coffee
, and fought under Gen. Jackson
at the battles of Tallageda, Tallahassee
and Horseshoe, during the Creek
war. His father emigrated to Georgia
while Ben was very young, and Ben was kept at school in Tennessee
until he was 14 years old. After this Ben was kept hunting until he was near twenty-one.
At that time the bears were so bad in Tennessee
that the settlers could not raise their hogs.
Hunting bears in the cane required much caution, and if a man's gun snapped he lost his breakfast.
frequently killed as many as eighty bears during a season, and never less than twenty in the course of a winter.-- This life gave him a taste for wild adventure, and when he became of age he determined to go on an expedition to the Rocky Mountains
, and left his home for St. Louis
, to join a company of trappers.
He arrived too late, however, and likewise failed in joining a company of Santa Fe
He returned home, and soon after called on Colonel David Crockett
, who was making up an expedition to go to Texas
to take part in the revolution.
The whole southwest at that time was alive with feelings of sympathy for the Texans
, and men were daily flocking to their standard.
was appointed the place of rendezvous from which the expedition was to start, and Christmas
of the year 1835 was named for the day of meeting, when, as ‘"Old Davy"’ expressed it, they were to make their Christmas dinner off the hump of a buffalo.
again arrived too late, and finding the party gone, he proceeded on by himself to the river Brazos
, where he was taken sick, and he did not recover until after the fall of the Alamo
's disappointment was very great at not being able to join the gallant band of patriots; but it afterwards proved very fortunate for him, for Col. Travis
, after having sustained a siege of thirteen days, with only 180 Texans against Santa Anna
's army, fell with his brave little band, after having killed 900 of the enemy.
, on joining the Texan
army under Gen. Sam Houston
, was assigned to the artillery, and made captain of a gun. He served gallantly at the battle of San Jacinto
, where Santa Anna
was taken prisoner, and his army of 1,500 men killed or taken prisoners.
afterwards settled in Gonzales county, Texas
, and was employed on the frontier surveying and locating lands.
He frequently led the wild border scouts against the Indians and Mexicans, which service he entered before the celebrated Jack Hays He also distinguished himself at the battle of Plumb Creek
in a fight with the Indians, who at the time burned and sacked the town of Linnville
He joined the expedition against Mier, but, not agreeing with the plans of the leader, he returned home before the fight, and escaped the cruel hardships and imprisonment of that command, which had surrendered to the perfidious Ampudia
When the war broke out with Mexico
he rallied a sand of Texan warriors on the banks of the Guadalupe
, and set out for the seat of war on the Rio Grande
The company arrived four days after the battles of Pala Alto and the Resaca
His company was accepted by General Taylor
, and he was afterwards employed in the daring scouting expedition towards Monterey
, in which battle, as well as that of Buena Vista
, he won imperishable renown.
He afterwards joined Gen. Scott
's army, and continued with it to the conquest of the city of Mexico
For his gallant services, he was honored with a national reputatoa, and the office of U. S. Marshal of Texas
was given him by President Pierce
was married three or four years since, and a characteristic story is told of him when his first child, a boy, was born.
that he insisted, to the great horror of his young wife, in having the youngster christened ‘"Buffalo Hump,"’ in honor of a particular friend, an old Indian chief, of that unique name.
The General is a thin, spare man, of great muscle and activity, and is now about 47 years of age. He has a pleasant face, and is mild and courteous in his manners, with an air of diffidence.
He is very cool and of determined bravery.