CAPTAIN JUNE PEAK
[From J. Marvin Hunter’s Frontier Times Magazine, August, 1927]
Captain June Peak, now past 83 years old, is one of the heroic Old Guard, who takes great interest in the annual reunion of the Texas Ex-Rangers. He was in command of a company of Rangers on the frontier and saw much hard service. The photo shown here was made while he was a Ranger. He now lives in Dallas, at 4409 Worth Street. Frontier Times expects to publish a lengthy sketch of his experiences in an early issue, and next month a later portrait of Captain Peak will adorn the cover page of this magazine. Writing us under date of July 7, 1927, Captain Peak says:
"About a year ago I had a general break-down, and have never written a line since. Should I at any time be able to get myself together it will be a pleasure to me to give you a good story in my old time way.
“My Indian service began in May, 1861, with the Confederate Indian Brigade on the Western border of the old Indian Territory, at the age of 16, against the Arapahoes, Cheyennes, Comanches and other tribes. The Confederate Indian Brigade was composed of the then semi-civilized Choctaws, Chicksaws, Cherokees and Creeks. D. H. Cooper was Colonel of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Regiment; Stand White, a Cherokee Colonel of this First Cherokee Regiment, and Chilly McIntosh, a Creek Indian, Colonel of the Creek Regiment. These three regiments composed the Brigade. Two Texas companies were attached to the Brigade. One of these companies—the one to which I belonged—was from Denton county, Texas, commanded by Otis Welch of Denton; the other by Captain Baker, whose initials I have forgotten, from Panola county, Texas, to teach the Indians how to fight the white man's way. I spent two years with these Indians, 1861 and 1862. Was in a number of hard-fought engagements, especially that of Round Mountain, Byrd's Creek and Chuestenhla. I received three wounds, one quite severe, and lost two horses during my two years' service there. I am hoping to meet you at Menard; this, however, is not certain; it will depend entirely on my health and the weather."