Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846

Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846

by Stephen L. Moore

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062394323
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 16,952
File size: 12 MB
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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

Prologue 1

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

Epilogue 337

Acknowledgments 341

Notes 343

Bibliography 367

Index 379

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Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a true story of Texas. I was thrilled by the history and the story. One of my best reads.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Brings Texas history to life