Josiah Wilbarger’s Ordeal

Josiah P. Wilbarger, a surveyer working as part of a four-man team in Texas, was captured by Comanche Native Americans along with another member of his team in 1833. Both men were scalped and left for dead with their bodies dumped by a river. Wilbarger actually survived the incident and went on to live 11 more years working as a cotton-farmer, living with the surface of his skull fully exposed around the top of his head. He died in 1845 when he accidentally struck his head on a low support-beam while entering his gin shed, severely fracturing his skull.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.