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Title:
The Texas Rangers : a registry and history
Author:
Ivey, Darren L., 1970-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Publishers, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
x, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Summary:
"Covers every known Ranger unit 1823 to present, explanation of the time period covered, entries on each unit's commanders, periods of service, activities, and supervising authorities. Appendices cover the Rangers' battle record, a history of the badge, and Rangers who died in service, were inducted into the Hall of Fame, or received the Medal of Valor"--Provided by publisher.
Language:
English
Contents:
For the common defense : Rangers in colonial Tejas (1823-1835) -- Gained by war : Rangers of the Revolution and Republic (1835-1845) -- Los Diablos Tejanos : Rangers in the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) -- Rangers of the old stamp : the Texas mounted volunteers (1848-1861) -- A most desperate struggle : Rangers in the Civil War (1861-1865) -- No surrender, no prisoners : the minute men, the frontier forces, and the frontier men (1865-1874) -- A little standing army : minute men/special state troops/special force (1874-1881) -- Duty well performed : the frontier Battalion (1874-1901) -- Los Rinches : the state Ranger force (1901-1935) -- A fabled tradition : the Texas Ranger division (1935-present) -- Appendix A: Battle record -- Appendix B: Rangers who died in the line of duty -- Appendix C: The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame -- Appendix D: Texas Ranger recipients of the Department of Public Safety Medal of Valor -- Appendix E: Documents regarding the Texas Rangers -- Appendix F: The history of the badge.
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ISBN:
9780786448135
Format :
Book

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Summary

The Texas Ranger law enforcement agency features so prominently in Texan and Wild West folklore that its accomplishments have been featured in everything from pulp novels to popular television. After a brief overview of the Texas Rangers' formation, this book provides an exhaustive account of every known Ranger unit from 1823 to present. Each chapter provides a brief contextual explanation of the time period covered and features entries on each unit's commanders, periods of service, activities, and supervising authorities. Appendices include an account of the Rangers' battle record, a history of the illustrious badge, documents relating to the Rangers, and lists of Rangers who have died in service, been inducted into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, or received the Texas Department of Public Safety's Medal of Valor.


Author Notes

Career firefighter Darren L. Ivey is a seven-year veteran of the Manhattan, Kansas, Fire Department, where he serves as a firefighter/EMT and Hazardous Materials Technician. This is his first book.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The law-enforcement agency known as the Texas Rangers is featured prominently in Wild West folklore, and its accomplishments have been part of many pulp novels and popular television shows. Now those accomplishments are documented in The Texas Rangers: A Registry and History, which provides an exhaustive account of every known Ranger unit from 1823 to the present. The author found that the study of the Texas Rangers can be tediously complex, as records are sketchy at best. The book is arranged chronologically, with chapters providing historical background and a register detailing each unit's name, commander(s), and ranging districts and headquarters along with occasional comments (for example, some Ranger companies were voluntary, and their members served without pay). Some maps and photos illustrate the text. Among the six appendixes are Rangers Who Died in the Line of Duty, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, and Documents Regarding the Texas Rangers. A bibliography and index complete the volume. This volume will find places in the permanent history of Texas and the Texas Rangers.--Awe, Susan Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

The first of its kind, this book documents Texas Ranger units since the service's 1823 inception. Although it is the most comprehensive book to date, independent scholar Ivey acknowledges that destructive fires in 1855 and 1881, along with inconsistent record keeping, have prevented a thorough account of muster rolls. Divided into ten chronological chapters, the book covers periods of organized activity, like the two-year engagement in the U.S.-Mexican War. Each chapter opens with a vivid survey of relevant historical events. A list of companies, officers, and headquarters follows. A wonderful, one-stop reference for historians. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. 1
Abbreviationsp. 3
1 For the Common Defense: Rangers in Colonial Tejas (1823-1835)p. 7
2 Gained by War: Rangers of the Revolution and Republic (1835-1845)p. 14
3 Los Diablos Tejanos: Rangers in the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)p. 59
4 Rangers of the Old Stamp: The Texas Mounted Volunteers (1848-1861)p. 74
5 A Most Desperate Struggle: Rangers in the Civil War (1861-1865)p. 100
6 No Surrender, No Prisoners: The Minute Men, the Frontier Forces, and the Frontier Men (1865-1874)p. 135
7 A Little Standing Army: Minute Men/Special State Troops/Special Force (1874-1881)p. 149
8 Duty Well Performed: The Frontier Battalion (1874-1901)p. 157
9 Los Rinches: The State Ranger Force (1901-1935)p. 173
10 A Fabled Tradition: The Texas Ranger Division (1935-Present)p. 190
Appendix A Battle Recordp. 211
Appendix B Rangers Who Died in the Line of Dutyp. 226
Appendix C The Texas Ranger Hall of Famep. 246
Appendix D Texas Ranger Recipients of the Department of Public Safety Medal of Valorp. 247
Appendix E Documents Regarding the Texas Rangersp. 250
Appendix F The History of the Badgep. 308
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 321