The Boy Captives: (Clinton And Jeff Smith)
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I picked this book up while at the Riverwalk in San Antonio, which if you haven’t done this makes for a nice weekend getaway. It’s the true story of the only brothers known to have escaped captivity from hostile Indians. They were captured while herding sheep near San Antonio in 1871; so it seemed appropriate to pick this book up while in the area. At the time of their capture, the oldest boy, Clinton Smith, was 11, and his younger brother, Jeff Davis Smith, was 9. They lived for almost five yea...more
Joe Owen
Excellent narrative of two young boys from Texas who were kidnapped by the Comanches and lived with them for five years. As told by Clinton L. Smith and his brother Jeff. Clinton was a young lad when he was kidnapped by the Comanches. He was brought up in a loving and good family in the Hill Country of Texas and was kidnapped along with his brother while tending the family sheep. The Comanches who were a nomadic Native American tribe, kidnapped many young white boys and girls. Clinton soon had t...more
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SMITH, CLINTON LAFAYETTE AND JEFFERSON DAVIS. Clint and Jeff Smith were captured on February 26, 1871, by Lipans and Comanches while herding sheep near the Smith home on Cibolo Creek between San Antonio and Boerne. They were the sons of Henry Smith, a Texas lawman and rancher from Pennsylvania, and Frances Short, a native of Alabama and a member of the controversial Short clan of Fayette County, Texas. When an initial rescue effort led by the b...more
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In 1871, eleven year old Clinton and his nine year old brother Jefferson were captured by Comanche raiders near their West Texas farm. Jefferson was soon sold to none other than the legendary Apache warrior Geronimo, while Clinton was adopted by Comanche Chief Tasacowadi. For over five years they lived among the two most notorious warrior tribes in North America during one of the most tumultuous eras in American history.

The Boy Captives could be described as Forrest Gump meets Little Big Man, b...more
Clinton & Jeff Smith were captured from their family's ranch on Cibolo Creek west of San Antonio in 1871. The raiders were a mixed group of Lipan Apache & Comanche. Jeff was taken by the Apaches while Clint went to live among the Comanche. Clint Smith's memoir is not as harrowing as Lehmann's, but still this is an invaluable inside view of Indian life. Like Lehmann, Smith became a dedicated Comanche. And like many other captives, he struggled to adapt to white life after growing up India...more
What an amazing read! I found this in a gas station in Austin, and it puts a whole new, personal, face on the White/Native American conflict.

Reading it is like sitting on a porch with an old man in a rocking chair and having him describe the hardships and experience of a time that is close in history but so far away in day-to-day experience it's almost forgotten already.
Mariah Smith
This transcribed oral history is not supposed to be fluid prose. It is a true account of how a boy and his brother were kidnapped by Native Americans in Central Texas. It is an excellent primary source because of this.
Julia McHugh
wow- things you never knew about the settling of the west. graphic non-fiction tale of life as a young captive told plain and straight. and kids these days think they have it hard...
Mind blowing autobiographical account of two brothers who were captured by fierce Comanche Indians and raised with them for a number of years. Extremely captivating.
Dana Wright
This is a short read, I read it in a day. Very captivating story about the lives of boys captured by the Indians, really good!
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