An epic of the wild frontiers in Kansas and Texas
This incredible autobiography of a truly outstanding 19th century adventurer, is made even more remarkable because this young Englishman had experienced adventures all over the globe, before he set foot in North America to embark upon the astonishing, thrilling and dangerous life that is the subject of this book. Williams sailed from Liverpool to the east coast of America in 1852 eager to make his fortune. He spent two years in Virginia before striking out to the untamed Far West. The years 1855-9 saw him in Kansas where he joined the ‘Border Ruffians’, a ranger unit dedicated to bringing outlaws to justice and fighting Indian tribes. After four years Williams travelled to Texas which soon after joined the Confederate cause. There, as a Texas Ranger, he took part in frontier campaigns against Union forces, fights against the hostile tribes of the South-West, including the Comanches, raids into Mexico and, of course, pursuits of the notorious ‘bad men’ of the lawless frontier. At the close of the American Civil War Williams became a cattleman and the reader him on the epic cattle drives of the that made legends of American cowboys. This substantial book, contains insights from personal experience into virtually every aspect of life during the era of the Wild West, and is sure to reward all those with an interest in the period.
Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.