122 Southwestern Historical Quarterly July five of the six companies the youngest were seventeen or eighteen. The percent of enlistees who were native Texans ranged from 11 in Company B in North Texas to 34 in Company F in the Hill Countr y. The writing style can be entertaining and casual, as when Ed Carnal, a young Louisianan in the Frontier Battalion, was “jumpstarted into panic” (151) during his first encounter with Indians. “Ranger Ed then put cold iron to his jittery horse and skedaddled” (151). Abducted children are labeled “innocent kiddos” (382). But the authors are not focused on entertaining readers as much as on presenting the facts about life as a frontier Ranger, such as the difficult and unending task of procuring suf- ficient provisions, or how ineffective Rangers were when widespread sick- ness among horses kept them from doing their job, or what the Kiowas did to Britt Johnson, a frontier scout, after they killed him. In the preface, Alexander and Brice plead guilty to the book’s being “obviously a favorably disposed Texas Ranger treatment” (xviii), but only because of the evidence. The authors attack the myths and false informa- tion that have been repeated by
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Jul 12, 2018
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