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“Texas, by God!” cried notorious killer John Wesley Hardin when he saw a Colt .45 pointed at him on a train in Florida. At the other end of the pistol stood Texas Ranger John B. Armstrong.
Hardin’s arrest assured Armstrong a place in history, but his story is larger, fuller, and even more important—and until now it has never been told.
Serving in the Rangers’ famed Frontier Battalion from 1875 to 1878, Armstrong rode with Captain L. H. McNelly in the capture of King Fisher, was called to Round Rock when Sam Bass was cornered, and helped patrol the region caught in the Taylor-Sutton Feud. His more lasting legacy, though, was as founder of the Armstrong Ranch, an operation that remains active and important to this day. From this family base he helped change ranching techniques and was an important sponsor for bringing the railroads to South Texas. In the 1890s he joined a special Ranger division that supplemented the force’s efforts, especially in pursuit and apprehension of gunmen and cattle rustlers in the region.
As Elmer Kelton notes in his afterword to this book, “Chuck Parsons’ biography is a long-delayed and much-justified tribute to Armstrong’s service to Texas.” Parsons fills in the missing details of a Ranger and rancher’s life, correcting some common misconceptions and adding to the record of a legendary group of lawmen and pioneers.
The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy
Sea of Mud: The Retreat of the Mexican Army after San Jacinto, An Archeological Investigation
This book tells the stories of the vaqueros of the Wild Horse Desert for fourth- through eighth-grade students.
This field guide to the seeds most commonly eaten by northern bobwhites will help hunters identify likely places to find coveys of quail, while landowners and rangeland managers will use it to learn how to conserve and improve bobwhite habitat.
What makes Texas so great? It would be its’ unique places, people, history and art. Discover what Texas is all about and travel with native Texan, Marie Cook, as she discovers what’s hidden in and around the small towns, cities and communities along the Texas Coast.
Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest)
As many as 9,500 men of Hispanic heritage fought in the United States’ Civil War. In Texas, the bitter conflict deeply divided the Tejanos-Texans of Mexican heritage. An estimated 2,500 fought in the ranks of the Confederacy while 950, including some Mexican nationals, fought for the Stars and Stripes. Vaqueros in Blue & Gray, originally published in 1976, is the story of these Tejanos who participated in the Civil War. This edition of the history of these vaqueros contains the first comprehensive list, containing almost 4,000 names, ever compiled of the Confederate and Union Hispanics from Texas who served in the war. Vaqueros in Blue & Gray presents a stirring saga of these brave people, their land, and their epic role in the Civil War and in the history of Texas.