Texas Ranger
Jack Hays in the Frontier Southwest
Texas History - Western History
5.5 x 8.5, 240 pp.
2 maps.
Pub Date: 11/01/1993
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
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Texas Ranger

Jack Hays in the Frontier Southwest

By James Kimmins Greer

John Coffee Hays helped to forge the legend of what a Texas Ranger was. Arriving in Texas in 1836 but just missing the famous battles of the Texas Revolution, nineteen-year-old Hays soon had Sam Houston urging him to join a new group of Rangers. Once out on the frontier, Hays’s careful planning and bold—indeed, sensational—forays against the Comanches soon earned him a colorful reputation and a host of nicknames.

At twenty-three Hays was commissioned a captain, and between skirmishes and battles his survey party marked out much of the area around San Antonio. Hays was pivotal in the ultimate defeat of the Comanches and led the Rangers during the Mexican War.

Historian James Kimmins Greer lives in Waco, Texas, home of the Texas Ranger Museum.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Dubbed ‘excellent in its scholarship and writing’ by LJ’s reviewer (LJ 4/15/52), this ‘thrilling life story should interest everyone.’” --Library Journal

“Anyone interested in investigating the Republic period, the Mexican War, and the Texas Rangers will find this work a ‘must.’” --East Texas Historical Journal

“This publication is well indexed and each chapter is foot-noted with sources of data and information that could very well give you clues about your own family members if your research includes Texas during the mid to late 1830's and 1840's.” --Edward A. Graham, Texas State Genealogical Society’s Stirpes

“This is the biography of one of the greatest of the early Texas Rangers......”It is well documented and indexed. It is of interest to both historian and western adventure fans.” --Alma Joyce Hahn


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