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Captain L. H. McNelly, Texas Ranger: The Life and Times of a Fighting Man

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The first authentic biography of one of the most famous of the nineteenth century Texas Rangers-Capt. Leander H. McNelly. No history of the murderous Sutton-Taylor Feud, or of the Texas State Police, or of the depredations of the Mexican Gen. Juan H. Cortina, or of the rancher Richard King, or of the infamous Nueces Strip can be written without major emphases on the influence of McNelly and the men who followed him so loyally.

Chuck Parsons is a native of Iowa, spending most of ...

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Overview

The first authentic biography of one of the most famous of the nineteenth century Texas Rangers-Capt. Leander H. McNelly. No history of the murderous Sutton-Taylor Feud, or of the Texas State Police, or of the depredations of the Mexican Gen. Juan H. Cortina, or of the rancher Richard King, or of the infamous Nueces Strip can be written without major emphases on the influence of McNelly and the men who followed him so loyally.

Chuck Parsons is a native of Iowa, spending most of his life as an educator in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles, all concerning outlaws and lawmen of Texas and the West. For over six years he wrote a monthly column "The Answer Man" for True West magazine. Parsons currently resides in South Texas.

Marianne E. Hall Little is a native Texan and a descendent of three Texas Rangers. She has written sixteen books, mostly stemming from her genealogical research. She has co-authored with Chuck Parsons and James S. Peterson, writing the biography of Mace Bowman Texas Feudist Western Lawman. Little lives in South Texas.

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Wichita Falls Times Record News
Deeply researched, heavily annotated and full of information from primary sources this book provides a fine tool for those interested in finding out more about this fascinating figure from Texas history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880510742
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Foreword ix
Author's Preface xi
Acknowledgements xvii
1. Genesis of a Fighting Man 1
2. First Taste of War 9
3. Back to Texas and Galveston 19
4. In the Swamps of Louisiana 33
5. Captain - Texas State Police 49
6. Gunfire in Walker County 69
7. After the Walker County Affair 83
8. A Death Warrant and a Trip to the Rio Grande 99
9. 1873 - Following the State Police Experience 119
10. An Interlude for McNelly 129
11. McNelly and the Sutton-Taylor Feud 137
12. McNelly - On the Border 159
13. The Law West of the Nueces 175
14. A Challenge to Cortina 189
15. Invading Mexico 207
16. Across the Rio Grande 227
17. After the Las Cuevas Affair 247
18. Invading the Pendencia 259
19. Dying Embers 281
20. Carey Alone 301
Endnotes 311
Bibliography 353
Index 359
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