Fighting Stock
John S. "Rip" Ford of Texas
6 x 9, 368 pp.
61 b&w illus. Map.
Pub Date: 02/21/2011
The Texas Biography Series
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Fighting Stock

John S. "Rip" Ford of Texas

Richard B. McCaslin

In Fighting Stock, Richard B. McCaslin illuminates numerous facets of Ford’s life typically overshadowed by emphasis on his identity as Ranger and soldier in nineteenth-century Texas. In this third volume of the Texas Biography Series, published by TCU Press and The Center for Texas Studies, McCaslin reveals Ford as a man spurred on by the legacy of his nation-building grandfathers and his own strong convictions and energy to become a force in shaping Texas as a Southern state before and after the Civil War. Ford’s battles as a Ranger, and as a leader of Texas’ military forces allied with the Confederacy, were only part of his legacy in Texas history. He was also a physician, lawyer, and the editor of several newspapers, and among his many roles in politics and civil service were multiple terms as a state legislator and the mayoralty of Austin and Brownsville. Later in life, he fought to preserve Texas history and wrote his own extensive memoirs. Known for his courage and toughness as a military commander, Ford was also a talented strategist, diplomat, and community leader. McCaslin’s in-depth historical detail paints a full picture of this famous Texan, a fighter not only on the battlefield, but on the civic and political fields as well.

Richard B. McCaslin, is the author of Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862 (LSU Press, 1994), which won the Tullis Prize and a commendation from the American Association for State and Local History. He has also written Lee in the Shadow of Washington (LSU, 2001), winner of the Slatten Award and Laney Prize. His other works include three volumes in the Portraits of Conflict series published by the University of Arkansas, which won the Freeman Award.  He also wrote The Last Stronghold: The Campaign for Fort Fisher (McWhiney Foundation, 2003) and At the Heart of Texas: One Hundred Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897-1997 (Texas State Historical Association, 2007), which received the Award of Merit from the Texas Philosophical Society, and he edited A Soldier’s Letters to Charming Nellie (University of Tennessee Press, 2008).


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