Texas Ranger: Jack Hays in the Frontier Southwest

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John Coffee Hays helped to forge the legend of what a Texas Ranger was. Arriving in Texas in 1836 but just missing the famous battles of the Texas Revolution, nineteen-year-old Hays soon had Sam Houston urging him to join a new group of Rangers. Once out on the frontier, Hays's careful planning and bold-indeed, sensational-forays against the Comanches soon earned him a colorful reputation and a host of nicknames.
At twenty-three Hays was commissioned a captain, and between ...
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Overview

John Coffee Hays helped to forge the legend of what a Texas Ranger was. Arriving in Texas in 1836 but just missing the famous battles of the Texas Revolution, nineteen-year-old Hays soon had Sam Houston urging him to join a new group of Rangers. Once out on the frontier, Hays's careful planning and bold-indeed, sensational-forays against the Comanches soon earned him a colorful reputation and a host of nicknames.
At twenty-three Hays was commissioned a captain, and between skirmishes and battles his survey party marked out much of the area around San Antonio. Hays was pivotal in the ultimate defeat of the Comanches and led the Rangers during the Mexican War.

Historian James Kimmins Greer lives in Waco, Texas, home of the Texas Ranger Museum.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This adaptation of Greer's 1952 biography of the legendary Hays focuses on his years as a Ranger and his military campaigns against the Comanche Indians. Jan.
Library Journal
Though most of the public's perception of the Wild West cowboy comes from Hollywood mythmakers, Hays was the genuine article. After being commissioned into the Texas Rangers by Sam Houston in 1836, Hays quickly made a name for himself in his many battles against the Comanches and marauding Mexican bandits. He was also San Francisco's first sheriff and the founder of Oakland, California. Dubbed ``excellent in its scholarship and writing'' by LJ 's reviewer LJ 4/15/52, this ``thrilling life story should interest everyone.''
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Historian James Kimmins Greer lives in Waco, Texas, home of the Texas Ranger Museum.

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