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Savage Frontier, Volume IV: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas, 1842-1845
     

Savage Frontier, Volume IV: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas, 1842-1845

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by Stephen L. Moore
 

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This fourth and final volume of the Savage Frontier series completes the history of the Texas Rangers and frontier warfare in the Republic of Texas era. During this period of time, fabled Captain John Coffee Hays and his small band of Rangers were often the only government-authorized frontier fighters employed to keep the peace.

Author Stephen L. Moore covers the

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This fourth and final volume of the Savage Frontier series completes the history of the Texas Rangers and frontier warfare in the Republic of Texas era. During this period of time, fabled Captain John Coffee Hays and his small band of Rangers were often the only government-authorized frontier fighters employed to keep the peace.

Author Stephen L. Moore covers the assembly of Texan forces to repel two Mexican incursions during 1842, the Vasquez and Woll invasions. This volume covers the resulting battle at Salado Creek, the defeat of Dawson's company, and a skirmish at Hondo Creek near San Antonio. Texas Rangers also played a role in the ill-fated Somervell and Mier expeditions. By 1844, Captain Hays' Rangers had forever changed the nature of frontier warfare with the use of the Colt five-shooter repeating pistol. For the exacting historian or genealogist of early Texas, the Savage Frontier series is an indispensable resource on early nineteenth century Texas frontier warfare.

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“Moore’s fourth and final volume of the Savage Frontier series contains many compelling battle narratives, but there is a wealth of social as well as military history lurking in these chapters. No one who is interested in the people and the problems of the Texas Republic can afford to leave these pages unread.”—James E. Crisp, author of How Did Davy Die? And Why Do We Care So Much?


 “The early 1840s was one of the most turbulent chapters in the history of the lower Rio Grande valley. Readers familiar with earlier volumes in the Savage Frontier series will find much to admire in Steven Moore’s eminently readable account.”—Sam W. Haynes, author of Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions

 PRAISE FOR THE SAVAGE FRONTIER SERIES

“An exhaustively researched study of the pervasive violence that confronted the newborn Texas Rangers even in colonial days.”—Kent BiffleDallas Morning News

“The volumes of Savage Frontier provide exciting action and accurate history. In addition, important genealogical material is given for anyone seeking the role of his or her ancestors in early Texas history.”—Chuck ParsonsTexas Ranger Dispatch

“Moore has done an extraordinary job of exhaustively researching his subject. I am not aware of any other book that investigates this period of Ranger history with such thoroughness as Savage Frontier.”—Donaly Brice, author of The Great Comanche Raid

"In addition to providing detailed narratives of battles, Moore painstakingly documents the creation and dissolution of each Ranger unit of the period, making use of tables with rosters. . . . The racial and cultural diversity of early Texan forces may be the most significant contribution Moore has made to Texas Ranger historiography. Before his efforts, the concept of an Indian or Tejano Ranger during the Republic period was at most mentioned in passing and largely unknown to the general public and to many scholars."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574412949
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
349,690
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

 STEPHEN L. MOORE is a sixth-generation Texan and author of volumes 1, 2, and 3 of Savage Frontier: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas, covering the years 1835-37, 1838-39, and 1840-41. He is also the author of several other titles, including Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Independence Campaign and Taming Texas: Captain William T. Sadler’s Lone Star Service.

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