9 month and Captain Sparks decided to go into Angelo. We got into the Sarg. Nasworthy Saloon and all got to drinking and gambling. Our boys seemed to lose heavier than usual but we considered it all in a day's fun and made the dances that night. In one place we were dancing around and a negro soldier danced right into one of our boys. We looked around and saw a whole bunch of negroes dancing all around us. There were about thirty of us rangers. We grabbed bottles, chairs, guns, anything at hand, and started knocking out negroes. This broke up the negro part of the dance, but the few who got away went to the fort and reported to Colonel Grierson, who was at our camp by daylight next morning, demanding Captain Sparks to apologize to his negroes. This so infuriated Sparks that he replied, 'To Hell with your damn black skunks, I can take my thirty rangers and whip every damn negro in your whole fort'. The next night a bunch of buffalo hunters came into town, shaved and cleaned up and made the dances. The negroes, backed by Grierson, were laying for our bunch. When the buffalo hunters appeared on the dance floor the negroes turned loose on them and killed several before they discovered it was not our men. Colonel Grierson reported our Captain to Captain Steed at Austin and he was discharged. I have heard that he died seeking to get even with Grierson.
“In our ranger company we had many good shots but Booger Red was the best rider I ever saw. It seemed the