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John B. Armstrong, Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman
     

John B. Armstrong, Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman

by Chuck Parsons, Tobin Armstrong (Foreword by), Elmer Kelton (Afterword)
 
"Texas, by God!" cried notorious killer John Wesley Hardin when he saw a Colt .45 pointed at him on a train in Florida. At the other end of the pistol stood Texas Ranger John B. Armstrong.

Hardin's arrest assured Armstrong a place in history, but his story is larger, fuller, and even more important-and until now it has never been told.

As Elmer Kelton notes in his

Overview

"Texas, by God!" cried notorious killer John Wesley Hardin when he saw a Colt .45 pointed at him on a train in Florida. At the other end of the pistol stood Texas Ranger John B. Armstrong.

Hardin's arrest assured Armstrong a place in history, but his story is larger, fuller, and even more important-and until now it has never been told.

As Elmer Kelton notes in his afterword to this book, "Chuck Parsons's biography is a long-delayed and much-justified tribute to Armstrong's service to Texas." Parsons fills in the missing details of a Ranger and rancher's life, correcting some common misconceptions and adding to the record of a legendary group of lawmen and pioneers.
". . . filled with exploits of hair-raising adventure. . . . For fans of the traditional Old West shoot'em up, and those interested in knowing what became of the men who outlived their violent pasts, Parsons brings the two together with this book."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"If you are a fan of the Old West, this is a biography that belongs on your bookshelf right next to the stories about the other great lawmen. . . ."--Cowboy Chronicle

"Exceptionally well researched from a number of primary and secondary sources, Armstrong's story is worth telling and Parsons tells it well."--Jerry Thompson, author, Cortina: Defending the Mexican Name in Texas

Number Ten: Canseco-Keck History Series
CHUCK PARSONS, author of Pidge, Texas Ranger, has written twelve books about Texas outlaws and lawmen and has contributed chapters to two other books, including Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons That Made Texas Famous.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of the West

"His approachable presentation of facts makes the book very accessible to the general reader. Drawing from a rich variety of sources, including Armstrong's grandson, Tobin, before his passing, Parsons reconstructed Armstrong's foundation. In his stripping away the myth, rather than destroying Armstrong's career, Parsons served to strengthen it."--Journal of the West
Southwestern Historical Quarterly

“Parson’s study of Armstrong’s relatively short career as a Texas Ranger, 1875-1878, is filled with exploits of hair-raising adventure. . . For fans of the traditional Old West shoot –‘em up, and those interested in knowing what became of the men who outlived their violent pasts, Parsons bring the two together with this book. John B. Armstrong: Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman belongs not only in the Texas history section of libraries, but it probably could hold its place in the Humanities section as well.”--Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Cowboy Chronicle

”If you are a fan of the Old West this is a biography that belongs on your bookshelf right next to the stories about the other great lawmen of the Old West. . . .”--Cowboy Chronicle
New Mexico Historical Review - Allan O. Kownslar

“Chuck Parsons provides the reader with a needed biography of John Barkley Armstrong, a well-known Texas Ranger and later a prominent rancher in South Texas . . . Parsons’s biography of Armstrong is highly recommended reading mainly for its depiction of numerous problems Texas Rangers faced during the 1870s.”--New Mexico Historical Review
Victoria-Advocate

“A lively and riveting read, particularly in the chapters that deal with Armstrong’s rangering days. I thought a I knew all there was to know about John Wesley Hardin’s arrest and capture, but Parsons has uncovered much new material in his diligent research. John Armstrong was a fearless, no-nonsense Texas hero with far more depth and integrity than other, better-known lawmen, such as Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickock. By the end of the book, however, you have the feeling Armstrong would not have desired their notoriety.”--Victoria-Advocate
NOLA

“This biography of Armstrong is long overdue and fills a glaring hole in Texas Ranger history. It is an exceptional value and a major contribution to the genre.”--New Orleans Times-Picayune
Quarterly of the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History
This biography of Armstrong is long overdue and fills a glaring hole in Texas Ranger History. It is an exceptional value and a major contribution to the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623491550
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2014
Series:
Canseco-Keck History Series , #10
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,350,842
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are Saying About This

David Johnson
Armstrong was a hero for the ages, a man of high integrity and no-nonsense values. He was truly one of the great Texas Rangers. Achilles may have had Homer, but Armstrong, thank heaven, has Parsons. (David Johnson, author of The Mason County "Hoo Doo" War, 1874–1902)
Jerry Thompson
. . . exceptionally well-researched from a number of primary and secondary sources . . . the definitive study of Armstrong. Armstrong's story is worth telling and Parsons tells it well. (Jerry Thompson, Series Editor)

Meet the Author


CHUCK PARSONS is the author of eleven books and many articles on Texas and Western history. He resides in Prairie Lea, Texas.

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