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The Texas Rangers in Transition

The Texas Rangers in Transition
From Gunfighters to Criminal Investigators, 1921–1935

by Charles H. Harris,Louis R. Sadler

  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release : 2019-04-25
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN : 0806163658
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Official Texas Ranger Bicentennial™ Publication Newly rich in oil money, and all the trouble it could buy, Texas in the years following World War I underwent momentous changes—and those changes propelled the transformation of the state’s storied Rangers. Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler explore this important but relatively neglected period in the Texas Rangers’ history in this book, a sequel to their award-winning The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution: The Bloodiest Decade, 1910–1920. In a Texas awash in booze and oil in the Prohibition years, the Rangers found themselves riding herd on gamblers and bootleggers, but also tasked with everything from catching murderers to preventing circus performances on Sunday. The Texas Rangers in Transition takes up the Rangers’ story at a time of political turmoil, as the largely rural state was rapidly becoming urban. At the same time, law enforcement was facing an epidemic of bank robberies, an increase in organized crime, the growth of the Ku Klux Klan, Prohibition enforcement—new challenges that the Rangers met by transitioning from gunfighters to criminal investigators. Steeped in tradition, reluctant to change, the agency was reduced to its nadir in the depths of the Depression, the victim of slashed appropriations, an antagonistic governor, and mediocre personnel. Harris and Sadler document the further and final change that followed when, in 1935, the Texas Rangers were moved from the governor’s control to the newly created Department of Public Safety. This proved a watershed in the Rangers’ history, marking their transformation into a modern law enforcement agency, the elite investigative force that they remain to this day.

Tracking the Texas Rangers

Tracking the Texas Rangers
The Nineteenth Century

by Bruce A. Glasrud,Harold J. Weiss

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN : 1574414658
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An anthology of sixteen previously published articles and chapter excerpts, arranged in chronological history, covering key topics of the intrepid and sometimes controversial law officers named the Texas Rangers. Determining the role of the Rangers as the state evolved and what they actually accomplished for the benefit of the state is a difficult challenge?the actions of the Rangers fit no easy description. There is a dark side to the story of the Rangers; during the war with Mexico, for example, some murdered, pillaged, and raped. Yet these same Rangers eased the resultant United States victory. Even their beginning and the first use of the term ?Texas Ranger? have mixed and complex origins. Tracking the Texas Rangers covers topics such as their early years, the great Comanche Raid of 1840, and the effective use of Colt revolvers. Article authors discuss Los Diablos Tejanos, Rip Ford, the Cortina War, the use of Hispanic Rangers and Rangers in labor disputes, and the recapture of Cynthia Ann Parker and the capture of John Wesley Hardin. The selections cover critical aspects of those experiences?organization, leadership, cultural implications, rural and urban life, and violence. In their introduction, editors Bruce A. Glasrud and Harold J. Weiss, Jr., discuss various themes and controversies surrounding the 19th-century Rangers and their treatment by historians over the years. They also have added annotations to the essays to explain where new research has shed additional light on an event to update or correct the original article text.--Amazon.com.

Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger
The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde

by John Boessenecker

  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release : 2016-04-26
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 1466879866
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The New York Times bestseller! “Frank Hamer, last of the old breed of Texas Rangers, has not fared well in history or popular culture. John Boessenecker now restores this incredible Ranger to his proper place alongside such fabled lawmen as Wyatt Earp and Eliot Ness. Here is a grand adventure story, told with grace and authority by a master historian of American law enforcement. Frank Hamer can rest easy as readers will finally learn the truth behind his amazing career, spanning the end of the Wild West through the bloody days of the gangsters.” --Paul Andrew Hutton, author of The Apache Wars To most Americans, Frank Hamer is known only as the “villain” of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. Now, in Texas Ranger, historian John Boessenecker sets out to restore Hamer’s good name and prove that he was, in fact, a classic American hero. From the horseback days of the Old West through the gangster days of the 1930s, Hamer stood on the front lines of some of the most important and exciting periods in American history. He participated in the Bandit War of 1915, survived the climactic gunfight in the last blood feud of the Old West, battled the Mexican Revolution’s spillover across the border, protected African Americans from lynch mobs and the Ku Klux Klan, and ran down gangsters, bootleggers, and Communists. When at last his career came to an end, it was only when he ran up against another legendary Texan: Lyndon B. Johnson. Written by one of the most acclaimed historians of the Old West, Texas Ranger is the first biography to tell the full story of this near-mythic lawman.

Texas Ranger N. O. Reynolds, the Intrepid

Texas Ranger N. O. Reynolds, the Intrepid

by Chuck Parsons,Donaly E. Brice

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2014-08-15
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 1574415727
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Historians Chuck Parsons and Donaly E. Brice present a complete picture of N. O. Reynolds (1846-1922), a Texas Ranger who brought a greater respect for the law in Central Texas. Reynolds began as a sergeant in famed Company D, Frontier Battalion in 1874. He served honorably during the Mason County "Hoo Doo" War and was chosen to be part of Major John B. Jones's escort, riding the frontier line. In 1877 he arrested the Horrells, who were feuding with their neighbors, the Higgins party, thus ending their Lampasas County feud. Shortly thereafter he was given command of the newly formed Company E of Texas Rangers. Also in 1877 the notorious John Wesley Hardin was captured; N.O. Reynolds was given the responsibility to deliver Hardin to trial in Comanche, return him to a safe jail during his appeal, and then escort him safely to the Huntsville penitentiary. Reynolds served as a Texas Ranger until he retired in 1879 at the rank of lieutenant, later serving as City Marshal of Lampasas and then County Sheriff of Lampasas County.

Captain J.A. Brooks

Captain J.A. Brooks
Texas Ranger

by Paul N. Spellman

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1574412272
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"With three other distinguished Ranger captains, Brooks witnessed and helped promote the transformation of the elite Frontier Battalion into the Ranger Force. As a state legislator, he brokered the creation of a South Texas county that bears his name today, and where he served for twenty-eight years as county judge. He was the quintessential enforcer of frontier justice, scars and all."--BOOK JACKET.

Firearms of the Texas Rangers

Firearms of the Texas Rangers
From the Frontier Era to the Modern Age

by Doug Dukes

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN : 9781574418101
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From their founding in the 1820s up to the modern age, the Texas Rangers have shown the ability to adapt and survive. Part of that survival depended on their use of firearms. The evolving technology of these weapons often determined the effectiveness of these early day Rangers. John Coffee "Jack" Hays and Samuel Walker would leave their mark on the Rangers by incorporating new technology which allowed them to alter tactics when confronting their adversaries. The Frontier Battalion was created at about the same time as the Colt Peacemaker and the Winchester 73--these were the guns that "won the West." Firearms of the Texas Rangers, with more than 180 photographs, tells the history of the Texas Rangers primarily through the use of their firearms. Author Doug Dukes narrates famous episodes in Ranger history, including Jack Hays and the Paterson, the Walker Colt, the McCulloch Colt Revolver (smuggled through the Union blockade during the Civil War), and the Frontier Battalion and their use of the Colt Peacemaker and Winchester and Sharps carbines. Readers will delight in learning of Frank Hamer's marksmanship with his Colt Single Action Army and his Remington, along with Captain J. W. McCormick and his two .45 Colt pistols, complete with photos. Whether it was a Ranger in 1844 with his Paterson on patrol for Indians north of San Antonio, or a Ranger in 2016 with his LaRue 7.62 rifle working the Rio Grande looking for smugglers and terrorists, the technology may have changed, but the gritty job of the Rangers has not.

In the Line of Duty

In the Line of Duty
Reflections of a Texas Ranger Private

by Lewis C. Rigler,Judyth Wagner Rigler

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 9780929398990
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In a career spanning three decades, Ranger Lewis Rigler witnessed an era of great political and social turbulence and change in the state as well as within the Ranger force he had sworn to serve. He investigated kidnappings, murders, strike violence, burglary rings--all manner of cases. Some he solved; others remained elusive. Along the way, he saved a life or two; others, he could not.

Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger

Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger
A Book

by Paul N. Spellman

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 1574411594
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Spellman now presents the first full-length biography of this enigmatic man.".

Yours to Command

Yours to Command
The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald

by Harold J. Weiss

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN : 1574412604
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Captain Bill McDonald's (1852-1918) admirers rank him as one of the great captains of Texas Ranger history. His detractors see him as an irresponsible lawman who precipitated violence, hungered for publicity, and related tall tales that cast himself in the hero's role. This title seeks to find the true Bill McDonald and sort fact from myth.

A Texas Ranger And Frontiersman: The Days Of Buck Barry In Texas 1845-1906

A Texas Ranger And Frontiersman: The Days Of Buck Barry In Texas 1845-1906
A Book

by James Buckner Barry

  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Release : 2015-11-06
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN : 1786254433
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“Although Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett were more celebrated, Buck Barry did as much or more to tame the Old Southwest. During a long and useful life he was a professional soldier, stock farmer, sheriff, and member of the legislature. His memoirs are never dull, and no wonder. In 1845 young James Buckner Barry joined the newly formed Texas Rangers and for the next twenty years his life was one of unremitting activity and danger. These pages show him fighting outlaws and Indians from the Red River to the Rio Grande. He served in the Mexican and Civil wars, coming out as a lieutenant colonel. Then he confronted the daily perils of ranching in Bosque County, Texas. Peace officer, legislator, “he served his people well even to the neglect of his private advantage.” Such is the tribute of the historian James K. Greer, who edited Buck Barry’s private papers and reminiscences and shaped them into this book.”-Print ed.

Texas Ranger

Texas Ranger
Jack Hays in the Frontier Southwest

by James K. Greer

  • Publisher : Texas A & M University Press
  • Release : 1993
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Centennial series of the Association Former Students, Texas A & M Univ. ; no. 50." Hay's colorful reputation and a host of nicknames earned during battles.

The Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers
A Century of Frontier Defense

by Walter Prescott Webb

  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release : 2010-07-22
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN : 0292786697
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Webb's classic history of the Texas Rangers has been popular ever since its first publication in 1935. This edition is a reproduction of the original Houghton Mifflin edition.

Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion, 1874-1881

Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion, 1874-1881
A Book

by Rick Miller

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN : 1574414674
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the Wild West History Association Best Book Award In 1874, the Texas legislature created the Frontier Battalion, the first formal, budgeted organization as an arm of state government of what historically had been periodic groups loosely referred to as Texas Rangers. Initially created to combat the menace of repeated raids of Indians from the north and from Mexico into frontier counties, the Battalion was led by an unusual choice: a frail, humorless Confederate veteran from Navarro County, John B. Jones. Under Jones’s leadership, the Battalion grew in sophistication, moving from Indian fighting to capturing Texas’s bad men, such as John Wesley Hardin and Sam Bass. Established during the unsettled time of Reconstruction, the Rangers effectively filled a local law enforcement void until competency was returned to local sheriffs’ and marshals’ offices. Numerous books cover individual Texas Rangers of note, but only a few have dealt with the overall history of the Rangers, and, strangely, none about Jones specifically. For the first time, author Rick Miller presents the story of the Frontier Battalion as seen through the eyes of its commander, John B. Jones, during his administration from 1874 to 1881, relating its history--both good and bad--chronologically, in depth, and in context. Highlighted are repeated budget and funding problems, developing standards of conduct, personalities and their interaction, mission focus and strategies against Indian war parties and outlaws, and coping with politics and bureaucracy. Miller covers all the major activities of the Battalion in the field that created and ultimately enhanced the legend of the Texas Rangers. Jones’s personal life is revealed, as well as his role in shaping the policies and activities of the Frontier Battalion. Based largely on primary documents, especially the actual correspondence generated by the various actors in the Battalion’s drama that best tell the tale, this book is a major contribution to understanding the early development and growth of what became the institution celebrated in legend today. And John B. Jones at last has a definitive biography that recognizes him as one of the most important men who actually laid the groundwork for that legend.

Riding Lucifer's Line

Riding Lucifer's Line
Ranger Deaths Along the Texas-Mexico Border

by James R. Alexander,Bob Alexander

  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 404
  • ISBN : 1574414992
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Texas-Mexico border is trouble. Haphazardly splashing across the meandering Rio Grande into Mexico is—or at least can be—risky business, hazardous to one's health and well-being. Kirby W. Dendy, the Chief of Texas Rangers, corroborates the sobering reality: “As their predecessors for over one hundred forty years before them did, today's Texas Rangers continue to battle violence and transnational criminals along the Texas-Mexico border.” In Riding Lucifer's Line, Bob Alexander, in his characteristic storytelling style, surveys the personal tragedies of twenty-five Texas Rangers who made the ultimate sacrifice as they scouted and enforced laws throughout borderland counties adjacent to the Rio Grande. The timeframe commences in 1874 with formation of the Frontier Battalion, which is when the Texas Rangers were actually institutionalized as a law enforcing entity, and concludes with the last known Texas Ranger death along the border in 1921. Alexander also discusses the transition of the Rangers in two introductory sections: “The Frontier Battalion Era, 1874–1901” and “The Ranger Force Era, 1901–1935,” wherein he follows Texas Rangers moving from an epochal narrative of the Old West to more modern, technological times. Written absent a preprogrammed agenda, Riding Lucifer's Line is legitimate history. Adhering to facts, the author is not hesitant to challenge and shatter stale Texas Ranger mythology. Likewise, Alexander confronts head-on many of those critical Texas Ranger histories relying on innuendo and gossip and anecdotal accounts, at the expense of sustainable evidence—writings often plagued with a deficiency of rational thinking and common sense. Riding Lucifer's Line is illustrated with sixty remarkable old-time photographs. Relying heavily on archived Texas Ranger documents, the lively text is authenticated with more than one thousand comprehensive endnotes.

Terry Texas Ranger Trilogy

Terry Texas Ranger Trilogy
A Book

by Thomas W. Cutrer

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The ten companies of the Terry Texas Rangers were officially activated into the Confederate Army as the 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment, but throughout the Civil War they were known by the name of their first commander, Col. Benjamin F. Terry, who fell at the battle of Woodsonville. In over 200 battles including Shiloh, Bardstown, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chichamauga and Knoxville, they gave credence to Gen. John B. Hood's remark that there was "no body of cavalry superior."

The Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers
A Book

by Chuck Parsons

  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release : 2011
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN : 9780738579825
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Texas Rangers. The words evoke exciting images of daring, courage, high adventure. The Rangers began as a handful of men protecting their homes from savage raiding parties; now in their third century of existence, they are a highly sophisticated crime-fighting organization. Yet at times even today the Texas Ranger mounts his horse to track fugitives through dense chaparral, depending on his wits more than technology. The iconic image of the Texas Ranger is of a man who is tall, unflinching, and dedicated to doing a difficult job no matter what the odds. The Rangers of the 21st century are different sizes, colors, and genders, but remain as vital and real today as when they were created in the horseback days of 1823, when what is today Texas was part of Mexico, a wild and untamed land.

Texas Ranger Tales

Texas Ranger Tales
Stories That Need Telling

by Mike Cox

  • Publisher : Taylor Trade Publications
  • Release : 1997-04-01
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1556225377
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A collection of stories about Texas Rangers in which the author attempts to separate the myths surrounding these frontier lawmen from actual events.

John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger

John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger
A Book

by Judy Alter

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 59
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Tells how John Barclay Armstrong became a Texas Ranger famous for bringing in one of the most wanted criminals in the old West, John Wesley Hardin.

Rodriguez... Texas Ranger!

Rodriguez... Texas Ranger!
A Book

by Rick Harper

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2013-12
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN : 1491705043
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As a young man, Arturo Rodriguez was always the guardian of the underdog. This theme carried through to his adult life when he became the first Mexican-American Texas Ranger, an intense and dramatic event in South Texas history. In Rodriguez... Texas Ranger! author Rick Harper recounts Rodriguez's life and law enforcement career. As Harper tells Rodriguez's story, he also chronicles many of Texas and Mexico's significant historical events and their corresponding sociocultural, economic, and racial developmental patterns to demonstrate not only their immediate impact, but also the ways in which these events and patterns framed the region's present state. Providing insight into the dynamic nature of Texas during the 1960s and '70s, Rodriguez... Texas Ranger! tells a tale of Gringos and Chicanos, justice and vengeance, the law and the lawless, pistoleros and politics, sharpshooters and shopkeepers, ranchers and farmers, cowboys and cattle drives, governors and goat headers, and Texas Rangers. It's about the passing of a frontier system and the emergence of modern times.

Colonel Jack Hays, Texas Ranger

Colonel Jack Hays, Texas Ranger
A Book

by Harry McCorry Henderson

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1954
  • Pages : 115
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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