Frontier Texas Riding For The Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865 by Nathan A. Jennings

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In Nathan Jennings’ Riding for the Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865, (University of North Texas Press, $32.95), readers get the San Jacinto campaign, Comanche raiders, Texas Rangers and the Mexican and Civil wars, all in one volume. With a cast of legendary Western characters such as John Coffee Hays, John Salmon Ford, Ben McCulloch and Edward Burleson, and supporting players who include Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, Sam Houston, Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott and even Robert E. Lee, the author weaves a tale of frontier violence largely around the origin and operations of the Texas Rangers before it became primarily a law enforcement agency. Jennings’ strongest argument is that the Rangers’ success against Indians, Mexicans and Yankees was due to employment of superior weaponry (Colt revolvers and American long rifles) and mounted mobility.

Blaine P. Lamb, author of The Extraordinary Life of Charles Pomeroy Stone: Soldier, Surveyor, Pasha, Engineer

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Nathan Jennings’ Riding for the Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865 is a comprehensive history of military operations in Texas through the end of the Civil War, including the strategic role of the famed Texas Rangers.
– Courtesy North Texas University Press –

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