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"Truly it can be said of him, without count are his soldiers & beyond measure his might." - Prince Edward in reference to Lord Butler & his invasion force departing London for Mars.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Republic of Texas: Rangers

"A large proportion ... were unmarried. A few of them drank intoxicating liquors. Still, it was a company of sober and brave men. They knew their duty and they did it. While in a town they made no braggadocio demonstration. They did not gallop through the streets, shoot, and yell. They had a specie of moral discipline which developed moral courage. They did right because it was right." -Captain John Ford, Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers were founded in 1823 by Stephen F Austin and formally constituted as a separate military force from the Army of the Republic in 1835.  President Sam Houston greatly increased the Rangers ranks in 1841.  From 1835 to 1846 the Rangers fought alongside the army against native Indian tribes that had sided with Mexico during the revolution.  These battles became known as the First Texas-Indian War.

In 1847 during the War of the Mexican Succession the Rangers gained a fearsome reputation among Mexicans, Americans, and their fellow Texans.  The war ended with the start of the American Civil War.  It brought about  the ascension of Maximilian I as Emperor of Mexico and secured the Yucatan as a strong province of the Republic of Texas. The Rangers played important roles in the war acting as scouts, conducting elite special missions and waging bloody guerrilla warfare.  After the war the Rangers, as well as the Army and Navy were reduced in size.  In 1857 the election of President Hardin Runnels, who platformed on a campaign of stopping the Indian raids, saw a dramatic increase in the military as he ordered the War Department to begin operations against native tribes thus beginning the Second Texas-Indian War.  
In 1873 newly elected President Richard Coke and the Texas Congress ordered the War Department to give the Rangers broad sweeping powers to kill, capture and apprehend notorious outlaws and banditos whom were operating in the vast reaches of the Republic.  The Rangers were ordered to maintain law and order by any means necessary.  This almost led to the genocide of the Apache, Comanche tribes as well as the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and Texans.  However, law and order was established even in the most remote parts of the Republic.  This led to the Rangers being both an elite cadre of the military and the keepers of peace in remote regions.  

Today President John Ireland recognized the Rangers in a speech as a uniquely Texan fighting force and one that will always to play a strong role in the military matters of the Republic.  One grizzled Ranger Sergeant when asked about the unique white Ranger hat as making the Ranger a more visible target, replied "I am a Texas Ranger.  Let the enemies of Texas cower at my advance and tremble at the sight of me."

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