Savage Frontier: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas - Vol. 1

Savage Frontier: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas - Vol. 1

Savage Frontier: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas - Vol. 1

Savage Frontier: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas - Vol. 1


This first volume of the "Savage Frontier" series is a comprehensive account of the formative years of the legendary Texas Rangers. Stephen L. Moore provides fresh detail about each ranging unit formed during the Texas Revolution and narrates their involvement in the pivotal battle of San Jacinto and later battles at Parker's Fort, the Elm Creek Fight, Post Oak Springs Massacre, and the Stone Houses Fight. Of particular interest to the reader will be the various rosters of the companies, which are found throughout the book.
The first edition was previously published by Republic of Texas Press in paperback only; it has now been reprinted in hardcover and paperback.


The Indians of the prairies have no local habitations, and, therefore,
we can not hope to conquer them by any number of troops…

Everything will be gained by peace, but nothing will be gained by war.

President Sam Houston’s address to First Congress of Texas, May 5, 1837.

As long as we continue to exhibit our mercy without showing our
strength, so long will the Indians continue to bloody the tomahawk

President Mirabeau B. Lamar’s inaugural address to Third Congress of Texas, December 9, 1838.

President Houston’s message before the First Congress of the Republic of Texas stressed that the government should pursue a conciliatory policy towards the Indians to help prevent depredations on Texas settlers. His successor, President Lamar, adopted a far less tolerant Indian policy upon taking leadership of Texas and its frontier forces.

From the first rangers employed by Stephen F. Austin in 1823, settlers of Texas had been subjected to Indian hostilities from the earliest days of colonization. Militia districts and periodic ranging companies were employed during the next decade to protect the settlements, largely from attacks by hostile coastal Karankawas.

The year 1835 was significant in that it saw a whole new level of fighting between the whites and native Indians. Depredations became more frequent, but more importantly, the settlers became more organized to offensively take the fight to the Indians. The Texas Rangers were formally and legally organized during 1835 and the first true ranger expedition was carried out that summer.

Many books have been written on the rangers and the Texas Indian wars, but none have taken a comprehensive look at the pivotal period of 1835–1839. Indian depredations and frontier conflicts reached a climax during this period. Ranging battalions were organized and battle tactics were refined. By late 1839, some Indian tribes had already been driven from the republic. Some of . . .

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