The official nonfiction companion to HISTORY’s dramatic series Texas Rising (created by the same team that made the ratings record-breaker Hatfields & McCoys): a thrilling new narrative history of the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers who patrolled the violent western frontier
March 1836: The Republic of Texas, just weeks old, is already near collapse. William Barret Travis and his brave defenders of the Alamo in San Antonio have been slaughtered. Hundreds more Texan soldiers have surrendered at Goliad, only to be marched outside the fortress and executed by order of the ruthless Mexican general Santa Anna, a dictator denying Texans their freedom and liberty.
General Sam Houston—a hard-drinking, hot-tempered opportunist—remains in command of a small band of volunteer colonists, mercenaries, and the newly organized Texas Rangers. They are the last hope for Texas to challenge the relentless advance of Santa Anna’s much larger Mexican Army—yet many of them curse Houston, enraged by his decision to retreat across Texas before the advancing enemy.
The exhausted, outnumbered rebels will meet their destiny on an empty plain near the Gulf Coast next to the San Jacinto River—and make a stand that determines the fate of the young nation. “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!” will be the battle cries, and the order of the day will echo Travis’s at the Alamo: Victory or death.
Acclaimed Texas historian Stephen L. Moore’s new narrative history tells the full, thrilling story of the Texas Revolution from its humble beginnings to its dramatic conclusion, and reveals the contributions of the fabled Texas Rangers—both during the revolution and in the frontier Indian wars that followed.
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About the Author
Stephen L. Moore, a sixth-generation Texan, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is the author of multiple books on World War II and Texas history, including the critically acclaimed Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Independence Campaign; the four-volume Savage Frontier series on the early Texas Rangers and Texas Indian Wars; and Taming Texas, a biography of his great-great-great-grandfather William T. Sadler, who was one of the first Texas Ranger captains in the 1830s. Steve lives north of Dallas in Lantana, Texas, with his wife, Cindy, and their three children.
Table of Contents
Map of Texas, 1836 vii
Map of the Battle of San Jacinto viii
1 Ranger Life 5
2 Seeds of Rebellion 19
3 "Come and Take It" 33
4 "The Day Was Soon Ours" 45
5 The Raven 55
6 Revolutionary Rangers 76
7 "You May All Go to Hell and I Will Go to Texas" 84
8 "I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat" 98
9 The Fall of the Alamo 119
10 Fannin's Battle at Coleto Creek 134
11 "Damned Anxious to Fight" 149
12 The Fork in the Road 166
13 "Daring Chivalry": The First Duel 183
14 Slaughter at San Jacinto 204
15 Texas Rising 223
16 New Challenges for a New Nation 230
17 Lamar's Cherokee War of Extinction 255
18 War with the Comanches 288
19 Captain Devil Jack 3 302
20 Triumph at Walker's Creek 326
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This book is a true story of Texas. I was thrilled by the history and the story. One of my best reads.