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IRON JACKET (?–1858). Iron Jacket (Po-hebitsquash, Pro-he-bits-quash-a, Po-bish-e-quasho) was a Comanche chieftain and medicine man to whom the Indians attributed the power to blow approaching missiles aside with his breath. His name probably resulted from his practice of wearing a Spanish-type coat of mail into battle. On May 12, 1858, the jacket failed to protect him, and he was killed on the bank of the South Canadian River in a battle with a combined force of Texas Rangersqv and Brazos Reservation Indians led by John S. Ford and Shapley P. Ross.


John S. Ford, Memoirs (MS, John Salmon Ford Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). Rupert N. Richardson, The Comanche Indians, 1820–1861 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1928).

Robert Lee Williamson


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Robert Lee Williamson, "IRON JACKET," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.