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Appendix A. The Gentlemen in White Hats—The Men of Company E, Frontier Battalion

Chuck Parsons and Donaly E. Brice University of North Texas Press ePub



The Men of Company E, Frontier Battalion

Final resting place of Reynolds’ brother-in-law, Charles L. Nevill. The grave is near the opening of City Cemetery # 4, San Antonio. Photo by Parsons.

Claude Leroy Douglas authored three books dealing with Texas history, two of which dealt with the Texas Rangers and Texas feuds. The first was The Gentlemen in White Hats, Dramatic Episodes in the History of the Texas Rangers, published in 1934, and we acknowledge borrowing that title for this section. Famous Texas Feuds, published in 1936, ushered in the Texas Rangers during such dramatic incidents as the Mason County War and the Horrell-Higgins Feud. Although the men of Reynolds’ day had no official uniform and wore whatever headgear they chose, they did at times ride fast and fight hard; the mystique of the Texas Ranger almost demanded that he wear a white hat as the symbol of his being the “good guy.” The outlaw and desperado wore the black hat in the collective mind of those of us who grew up with Saturday afternoon western “oaters” and black and white television. The Texas Ranger invariably rode the white horse as well.

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8. Forging Indian Alliances

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Chapter 8

Forging Indian Alliances

November 10th and 11th. Officers and soldiers busily engaged in the duties preliminary to our contemplated operations, receiving and issuing clothing, camp and Garrison equipage. Ordnance, Forage, ammunition, fur boots, and Quartermaster’s stores: drilling new recruits, and other incidentals of a campaign.

The telegraph line brought news of the closeness of the Presidential election and the fierce excitement generated by the contest, which had become narrowed down to the decision to be given by Louisiana, North and South Carolina, and Florida. The friends of Hayes and Wheeler claimed all those states, the adherents of Tilden and

Hendricks stoutly opposed this assertion so that nothing exact and definite could be obtained until the official count should be rendered. In Florida the rival political factions threatened bloodshed: to repress disturbances likely to arise, General Augur had been sent there with ten companies of Infantry and a Battery of artillery. Such news is more grave than would be an intimation of hostilities with foreign nations; internecine wars are always the most frightful and most costly, excepting always those having an impassion of religious fanaticism. Severe as our coming experiences may be, they will be more welcome than a campaign in the sunny lands of the South

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Chapter XIV The Home Besieged—One Hundred to One

Revised by William Rathmell. Edited with an Introduction and Annotations by Robert K. DeArment University of North Texas Press PDF


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the home besieged— one hundred to one

Brief time was there for the wounded brothers and grief stricken women to lament over the death of their loved ones, for their frail cabin had to be turned into a fortress, and hasty preparations made to defend their home and lives from the blood-thirsty horde which would be sure to arrive before long.

The brave mother was first to recover her self-possession, and commenced without delay for the siege. Charley was faint and helpless, the night’s ride having exhausted the little strength his wounds had left him. The only way in which he could breathe was when propped up in a sitting posture, and in this position, with a Winchester across his lap, he sat the following two days and nights. If anyone spoke loud or passed before him, he would instantly grasp his gun deliriously, try to draw it, then finding his mistake, sink back more exhausted than ever. The mother took command, Charley’s Alfred’s and George’s wives doing as she directed. When they had done all they could to put their little cabin in a state of defense, they busied themselves preparing cooling drink for the boys, and quietly awaited the coming of their enemies. Clift was in agony from a ragged wound in the thigh, and leaning on two guns, he continually hobbled up and down the floor, in too much pain to be quiet.

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Four: Treaty of Peace

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John R. Erickson. Photographs by Kristine C. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF


Note: Page numbers in bold indicate entire chapters devoted to a subject.

Note: Page numbers in italics indicate photographs.


Abbott, Teddy Blue, 178

Abraham, Eddy, 133

Abraham, Jason, 133

Ace Reid (horse), 61

Adams, Andy, 186

Adopt a Horse Program, 173 adoption of calves, 151 advertising and marketing: beef marketing, 160–62, 165; products marketed to cowboys, 47; in ranching periodicals, 49, 52

Aeromotor windmills, 127, 132 agribusiness, 51, 181–85 agritourism, 172 alcohol use, 42–43, 45 alfalfa, 92, 93, 124 allergic reactions, 116

American Cowboy, 12

The American Cowboy: The Myth and the Reality (Frantz and

Choate), 188–89

American Meat Institute, 51

American Quarter Horses, 58–59, 63

Angus cattle, 34, 91, 108, 144–45,

158–59 aphorisms, 44

Appaloosas, 58 apparel. See clothing of cowboys

appraising cattle, 142–43

Arabian horses, 58, 61, 63–65, 64

Arizona, 157

Armour (meat packer), 157 athletic ability, 33–34 attraction of cowboy life, 177 auctions, 69, 137–38

Austin, Texas, 178

B bachelor cowboys, 25–26. See also family life of cowboys

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