Hi, I see Mr. McCarty sent you the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Library
contact info. If you visit in person, please take the time for the multi
slide presentation given to groups touring the Hall of Fame. I have 2
degrees and some history teaching and I thought the slides were
TEXAS PARTISAN OR PARTIZAN RANGERS were not Texas Rangers, They were the
Confederate version of Confederate home front Guards while most men were
in the Civil War and Indians were coming back into Anglo territory,
mostly Apache and Comanche. well into Erath, hood and McClennan counties.
Capt. McDuff , their commander, was a misfit who was kicked out of the
Irish Army, refused by the Union Army, and became a leader of the
Partisan Rangers. They captured Germans from New Braunfels calmly
travelling to Mexico to avoid the Civil War. Lt. McRae , a soldier trying
to do right, was sent by McDuff to chase some nonexistant excapees and
McDuff killed all German captors., then went to New Braunfels, built barb
wire stockades and put women and kids in it. . These massacred Germans,
loosers in a German Rebellion in Europe were buried on the Comfort, Texas
school ground where, as long as the old school was open, flowere were
placed on their monument as students raised the Texas and U.S. flags. I
found this info in a graduate course in the Univ. of North Texas Library.
They have an outstanding collection of Texas German language newspapers
and English translations.
John R. \Baylor's CENTRAL TEXAS RANGERS HAD BEEN COMMISIONED BY Col. Buck
Barry , Texas Ranger and spiritualist as a temporary deputy to lead a
posse to hunt a murderrer. Stories go he found all three (He was hunting
1) either hanged or shot trying to escape. He recruited in Erath, Bosque,
and Comanche County and his main goal was to run anyone he could
recognize as Indian to Abilene then Oklahoma. He shot some women and kids
in Palo Pinto County Lipan Indian farms from his horse because they were
going into their house for their baby or whatever and he said they were
reaching for weapons. He was the first Governor of Arizona. They tell me
Great Grandad Robert Wyly and a brother or two rode in one legitimate
posse after 1865 with him, but not on the Vigilante raids- that was
before the Civil War and their brother's son had married a Cherokee
Princess, Mary Jane Buffington, in Mayesville , Ark. (She from Ga.) and
he was active in the history of Tahlequah, Ok.
ALSO- the Texas Scouts who rode with Gen. Taylor into Mexico are listed
as "Texas Rangers" signed up for 6 months. This included Great Great
Grandad Rev. & Dr. W.P. Hatchett , born Shipley (Pine Mountain- Calloway
Gardens area in Georgia)) a church organizer in Gonzales and McLennan,
Bosque, and Erath Counties.
When these had served their 6 month's all but old Ben McCullom and his
men went home. Taylor called them deserters but they saw no needto spend
more time wanderring in Mexico saving the soldiers from Mexican Ambushes.
They thought he had proved his point , so go home.
ALSO- don't forger the TExas Collection in Baylor University covers all
of Texas History, as Baylor was organized in 1845. This is not in the
main library building, but is catalogued by the main library and they can
direct you to it. It should be on line.
On Tue, 31 Aug 1999 14:47:01 -0500 frances walls
I have been told there is a place in Waco that has info on former TX
Rangers. Does anyone have any info on this.