By N. A. Jennings
Eighteen-year-old Napoleon Augustus Jennings got here to Rexas in 1874 and joined a unique strength of Texas ranger charged with border patrol less than the command of L.H. McNelly. at the present the South Texas quarter used to be domestic to hundreds of thousands of outlaws and riffraff, and a few 3 thousand Mexican guerrillas lower than Juan Cortina and others have been raiding settlers on each side of the Rio Grande. McNelly’s Rangers stormed into this lawless region for 2 purposes, based on Jennings: "Two celebrate, and to hold out a collection coverage of terrorizing the Mexicans at each opportunity," which might achieve them the acceptance as "fire-eating, quarrelsome daredevils" and make their task of subduing the guerrillas a neater prospect.Within a short while the Rangers had arrested greater than 11 hundred males and apparently killed many extra. Jennings files many a struggle with the Mexican guerrillas, together with the time while McNelly defied the us govt, crossed the Rio Grande, and fought Cortina and his raiders at Las Cuevas. Jennings additionally provides debts of scrapes with King Fisher’s outlaw band, John Wesley Hardin, and the households all in favour of the Taylor-Sutton feud.Originally released in 1899, A Texas Ranger was once reprinted in 1930 with a foreword through J. Frank Dobie, who defends the veracity of the account although Jennings used to be no longer, as his tale claims, a member of the corporate in its earliest years. In a brand new creation of this variation, Stephen L. Hardin explores the authenticity of Jennings account and imparts the tale of the feud that erupted among Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb over the e-book of A Texas ranger.
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6 (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996), 862-63. 5 Francis E. Abernethy, "James Frank Dobie" entry in The New Handbook of Texas, vol 2, 662-63. 6 E. C. B. [Eugene C. Barker] to Webb, February 2, 1930, with explanatory, typed note on same letter by Webb, dated February 25, 1930, in Archives and Manuscripts, Walter Prescott Webb Papers, Box 2M 254, Dobie Correspondence File, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (hereinafter cited as Webb Papers). See also Llerena Friend, "W.
Iana Catalogue Prices (Austin: Morrison Books, 1990), J100, listed copies for sale from $300 to $425. Page 1 Chapter I Public Opinion in Texas In the following story of those years of my life which were passed on the broad tablelands of Western Texas, I have endeavored to set down, plainly and truthfully, events as they actually occurred. I have always given the correct names of places, but in some instances have thought it proper to change the names of persons. During a recent visit to Texas, for the purpose of going over the scenes of the adventures of earlier days, I found a number of highly respected citizens, living exemplary lives, who had formerly been eagerly hunted by the officers of the law.
Did Jennings seek to elaborate his role in the famed events of Texas Ranger history? Undoubtedly, but probably no more than many other older rangers. Seasoned students of western history understand that artistic aggrandizement is just part of the terrain. As for the book's veracity: both admirers and detractors were correct. The virtues that attracted Dobie the folkloristthe "Crusoean" tale, colorful characters, and a sense of time and placeremain intact. The vices that repelled Webb the historianthe errors, the ego, and exaggerationendure as well.
A Texas Ranger by N. A. Jennings