A Private in the Texas Rangers: A. T. Miller of Company B, Frontier Battalion by John Miller Morris Jr., Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
A Private in the Texas Rangers: A. T. Miller of Company B, Frontier Battalion

A Private in the Texas Rangers: A. T. Miller of Company B, Frontier Battalion

by John Miller Morris Jr.
     
 

What was it really like to be a Texas Ranger in 1887–88? Deconstructing myths, reconstructing realities, this gritty, day-to-day portrayal, written by Private A. T. Miller, Company B, Frontier Battalion, yields a complex vision of the passing West and its lawmen.

A Private in the Texas Rangers takes us for a tumultuous ride along the fading

Overview


What was it really like to be a Texas Ranger in 1887–88? Deconstructing myths, reconstructing realities, this gritty, day-to-day portrayal, written by Private A. T. Miller, Company B, Frontier Battalion, yields a complex vision of the passing West and its lawmen.

A Private in the Texas Rangers takes us for a tumultuous ride along the fading Texas-Oklahoma frontier. Three diaries, excerpted and annotated by Miller's great-grandson, John Miller Morris, provide the grist of a remarkable story—a tale of true crime and punishment set against the scenic backdrops of the Rolling Plains, Panhandle, and Old Greer empires.

Miller's Texas tolerated prostitutes in town but not guns, and death by morphine suicide was often more likely than death by gunfight. Rethinking the dominant legends of sensational frontier violence and lawlessness, Miller's daily journal entries bring to life land and water, law and order, decent people and indecent towns, chases and arrests, stabbings and shootings but highlight the rarity of Rangers' killing badmen and the long periods of effort and sometimes fruitless activity preceding capture of a wanted outlaw.

With Company B's newest recruit, we saddle up for the wild Texas and Oklahoma trails, ride the new iron rails crossing the Great Panhandle from Fort Worth to Denver, watch meteor showers, flirt with the ladies, and listen to a boy preacher try to save

souls.

With Miller, we fall in love with the western prairie and encounter some of Texas' most famous lawmen, ranchers, and trail bosses.

Historians, regional scholars, and anyone interested in Texas and the Old West will enjoy this insider's view of how Rangers worked together—building loyalty and trust, their lives possibly forfeit if teamwork failed—and yet still endured the loneliness and frustration of life on the closing American frontier.

Editorial Reviews

Frederick Wilkins

“The only extensive, first person, day-to-day account of the life of a Ranger private in 1887-1888, or any other period, for that matter. What emerges is a struggle to keep warm, find enough to eat, cross harshly county in any weather, fight boredom, yet be constantly alert. This is NOT the Ranger life of the Wild West novels. This is Ranger life as it was!”--Frederick Wilkins

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890969649
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Canseco-Keck History Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
809,821
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


John Miller Morris is an associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Author of the award-winning El Llano Estacado: Exploration and Imagination on the High Plains of Texas and New Mexico, 1536–1860, Morris lectures widely on topics in geography and history.

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