Texas Ranger Lee Hall
Jesse Lee Hall (1849-1911) was one of many young men seeking a new life
following the Civil War, when he left North Carolina to find adventure
in Texas. After a stint as a deputy sheriff and a Sergeant-at-Arms in
the House of Representatives, he joined Captain Leander McNelly’s Texas
Ranger Special State Troops in 1876. This was the career move that he
had needed as he soon found enough action in South Texas.
When McNelly could no longer command due to illness, Hall was named to
take his place. Hall was involved in arresting King Fisher and his gang,
and he (with a small squad) arrested seven of the Sutton faction,
effectively ending the bloody Sutton-Taylor Feud. One of his men, John
B. Armstrong, finally captured the most wanted man in Texas, John Wesley
Hardin, in far-off Florida. In 1878 Hall took part in the gun battle
ending the career of outlaw Sam Bass.
Nearing his fiftieth birthday, Hall hoped to join Teddy Roosevelt’s
“Rough Riders,” but that did not happen. Instead he was posted to the
Philippines, where as a commander during the Philippine Insurrection he
was so badly injured that he was given a medical discharge. The old
warrior died in San Antonio in 1911, loved and respected, having a
reputation equaled by few.
“Digging deep into primary sources, Parsons offers his readers a true
story of duty, sacrifice, and heartbreak.” —–Darren L. Ivey, author of
The Ranger Ideal Volume 1 and Volume 2