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Defending the Borders: The Texas Rangers, 1848-1861

Wilkins, Frederick

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ISBN 10: 1880510766 / ISBN 13: 9781880510766
Published by State House Pr, Austin, Texas, U.S.A., 2001
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Title: Defending the Borders: The Texas Rangers, ...

Publisher: State House Pr, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

Book Type: Book

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The second book in his critically acclaimed series of Texas Ranger histories, Frederick Wilkins' Defending the Borders narrates a rarely told story of the rangers during the slightly-more-than-a-decade of Texas' history as one of the states of the United States, just before the Civil War ripped asunder the fabric of the federal union which Texas had joined.

The period 1848–1861 is one in which Texas, despite having joined the Union, was nevertheless forced to rely upon itself for defense against both Indian depredations and invasions from south of the Rio Grande. The U.S. Army forces stationed in Texas were woefully insufficient in their numbers and in their capabilities to defend the new citizens of the United States. Although skimmed-over in earlier histories, the period is one of great importance and exciting incidents. The history of the raid into Mexico by James Callahan and his company of rangers, their battle at Escondido, and the almost complete burning and destruction of Piedras Negras has never before been so completely told. Texas' problems with Mexico's "Robin Hood," the adventurer Juan Nepomuceno Cortina who harassed Texas' border areas, have never before been narrated with such fascinating flair. Many of Texas' indomitable historical characters—"Rip" Ford, Sam Houston, Ed Burleson, "Sul" Ross—grace these pages with their exploits, but other heroes who should be better known here receive their full due.

Audaciously emboldened by the results of his meticulous research, Wilkins is not afraid to disagree with that previous icon of ranger history—Walter Prescott Webb—when necessary. Wilkins' histories are a must for those who want to know the way it was!

About the Author:

The late FREDERICK WILKINS was born in Dallas, Texas, majored in history at Southern Methodist University, and spent twenty-five years with the U.S. Army's information program. His primary interest was the Texas Rangers and he is the author of the highly acclaimed The Legend Begins: The Texas Rangers 1823–1845 and The Law Comes to Texas: The Texas Rangers 1870–1901 also by State House Press.

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