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A private in the Texas Rangers : A.T. Miller of Company B, Frontier Battalion /
John Miller Morris.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2001.
description
xii, 334 p. : ill., maps
ISBN
0890969647 (alk. paper)
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imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2001.
isbn
0890969647 (alk. paper)
general note
Contains excerpted and annotated material from three diaries written by Miller.
catalogue key
4467607
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Miller Morris is an associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"The only extensive, first person, day-to-day account of the life of a Ranger private in 1887-1888, or any other period, for that matter. What emerges is a struggle to keep warm, find enough to eat, cross harshly county in any weather, fight boredom, yet be constantly alert. This is NOT the Ranger life of the Wild West novels. This is Ranger life as it was!"--Frederick Wilkins
�The only extensive, first person, day-to-day account of the life of a Ranger private in 1887-1888, or any other period, for that matter. What emerges is a struggle to keep warm, find enough to eat, cross harshly county in any weather, fight boredom, yet be constantly alert. This is NOT the Ranger life of the Wild West novels. This is Ranger life as it was!�--Frederick Wilkins
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Summaries
Main Description
What was it really like to be a Texas Ranger in 1887-88? Deconstructing myths, reconstructing realities, this gritty, day-to-day portrayal, written by Private A. T. Miller, Company B, Frontier Battalion, yields a complex vision of the passing West and its lawmen.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Deconstructing myths & reconstructing realities, this gritty, day-to-day portrayal, written by Private A. T. Miller, Company B, Frontier Battalion, yields a complex vision of the passing West & its lawmen. A Private in the Texas Rangers takes the reader on a tumultuous ride along the fading Texas-Oklahoma frontier. Three diaries, excerpted & annotated by Miller's great-grandson, John Miller Morris, provide the grist of a remarkable story--a tale of true crime & punishment set against the scenic backdrops of the Rolling Plains, the Panhandle, & Old Greer empires. With Company B's newest recruit, readers saddle up for the wild Texas & Oklahoma trails, ride the new iron rails crossing the Great Panhandle from Fort Worth to Denver, watch meteor showers, flirt with the ladies, & encounter some of Texas' most famous lawmen, ranchers, & trail bosses. Miller's Texas tolerated prostitutes in town but not guns, & death by morphine suicide was often more likely than death by gunfight. Contrary to the dominant legends of sensational frontier violence & lawlessness, Miller's daily journal entries bring to life law & order, decent people & indecent towns, chases & arrests, & stabbings & shootings, while highlighting the long periods of effort & sometimes fruitless activity preceding the capture of an outlaw. Historians, regional scholars, & anyone interested in Texas & the Old West will enjoy this insider's view of how Rangers worked together--building loyalty & trust, their lives possibly forfeit if teamwork failed--& yet endured the loneliness & frustration of life on the American frontier.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. 3
"What Now Shal Be My Fate?": Winter of 1887 (January 1, 1887, to March 22, 1887)p. 13
Quanah Crime and Punishment: Spring of 1887 (March 23, 1887, to June 22, 1887)p. 59
Distant Thunder: Summer of 1887 (June 23, 1887, to September 23, 1887)p. 117
The Locomotive of Justice: Autumn of 1887 (September 24, 1887, to December 22, 1887)p. 152
"Cold as Whis": Winter of 1888 (December 23, 1887, to March 25, 1888)p. 185
The Maroon Diary: Spring and Summer of 1888 (March 26, 1888 to July 23, 1888)p. 217
Epilogue: The Boys of Company Bp. 251
Red Diary Addendap. 291
Black Diary Addendap. 293
Notesp. 297
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 325
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