Frances B. Vick Series
Features: 38 b&w photos. Notes. Bib. Index.
In 1874, the Texas legislature created the Frontier Battalion, the first
formal, budgeted organization as an arm of state government of what
historically had been periodic groups loosely referred to as Texas
Rangers. Initially created to combat the menace of repeated raids of
Indians from the north and from Mexico into frontier counties, the
Battalion was led by an unusual choice: a frail, humorless Confederate
veteran from Navarro County, John B. Jones. Under Jones’s leadership,
the Battalion grew in sophistication, moving from Indian fighting to
capturing Texas’s bad men, such as John Wesley Hardin and Sam Bass.
Established during the unsettled time of Reconstruction, the Rangers
effectively filled a local law enforcement void until competency was
returned to local sheriffs’ and marshals’ offices. more... about Texas Ranger John B. Jones and the Frontier Battalion, 1874-1881
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