The Fighting Parson

Pleasant Tackitt carried a Bible and a gun.

Pleasant Tackitt was a legend in North Texas. In the 1850s, he was a Methodist circuit rider, covering more than 1200 miles and 143 churches—an almost impossible situation. But to most folks he was known as “The Fighting Parson.” He was involved in several battles with Comanche braves, and he put on the Confederate gray during the Civil War—when he was in his 60s. With all that, Tackitt lived to the ripe old age of 83, dying in 1886.

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