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Savage Frontier Volume I 1835-1837
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This first volume of the Savage Frontier series is a comprehensive account of the formative years of the legendary Texas Rangers, focusing on the three-year period between 1835 and 1837, when Texas was struggling to gain its independence from Mexico and assert itself as a new nation. Stephen L. Moore vividly portrays another struggle of the settlers of Texas to tame a wilderness frontier and secure a safe place to build their homes and raise their families. Moore provides fresh detail about each ranging unit formed during the Texas Revolution and narrates their involvement in the pivotal battle of San Jacinto. New ranger battalions were created following the revolution, after Indian attacks against settlers increased. One notorious attack occurred against the settlers of Parker's Fort, which had served as a ranger station during the revolution. By 1837 President Sam Houston had allowed the army to dwindle, leaving only a handful of ranging units to cover the vast Republic. These frontiersmen endured horse rustling raids and ambushes, fighting valiantly even when greatly outnumbered in battles such as the Elm Creek Fight, Post Oak Springs Massacre, and the Stone Houses Fight. Through extensive use of primary military documents and first-person accounts, Moore documents the organization of the early ranger units and their activities. Of particular interest to the reader will be the various rosters of the companies, which are found throughout the book. Many of these muster rolls have been compiled from multiple sources and not published together previously. For the exacting historian or genealogist of early Texas, the Savage Frontier series will be an indispensable resource on early nineteenth-century Texas frontier warfare.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. vii-xiii
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  1. 1. Attack and Counterattack
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. The Original Ranger Battalion
  2. pp. 14-30
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  1. 3. Frontiersmen of the Texas Revolution
  2. pp. 31-60
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  1. 4. "Loathsome Trophy”
  2. pp. 61-87
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  1. 5. The Alamo’s “Immortal Thirty-Two”
  2. pp. 88-94
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  1. 6. The Road to San Jacinto
  2. pp. 101-123
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  1. 7. Parker’s Fort and Little River Depredations
  2. pp. 124-147
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  1. 8. Burleson’s Battalion
  2. pp. 148-173
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  1. 9. A Chain of Frontier Forts
  2. pp. 174-210
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  1. 10. Elm Creek and Trinity River Fights
  2. pp. 211-229
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  1. 11. Spring Setbacks for Smith’s Battalion
  2. pp. 230-252
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  1. 12. Stone Houses Fight
  2. pp. 253-278
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. Appendix: Roster of Texas Rangers: Coleman/Smith Battalion
  2. pp. 281-285
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  1. Chapter Notes
  2. pp. 286-306
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 307-314
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 315-335
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