Weiss, Harold J.

Yours to Command : The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald - Denton : University of North Texas Press, 2009. - 1 online resource (481 p.) - eBooks on Demand Frances B. Vick Series, No. 5 ; v.No. 5 . - Frances B. Vick Series, No. 5 .

Title Page; Dedication; Contents; Illustration and Maps; Preface; Part 1: Emergence of a Ranger Captian; Chapter 1: Bill McDonald, the Historical Record, and the Popular Mind; Romanticizing McDonald and the Rangers: A Pictorial Essay; Chapter 2: The Making of a Texas Lawman; Chapter 3: Captian Bill and Company B in the Panhandle; Chapter 4: A Gunfight Between Two Guardians of the Law; Chapter 5: Proceed to El Paso: The Rangers and Prizefighting; Chapter 6: A Bank Robbery in Wichita Falls; The Rangers, Company B, and Captain McDonald in the Field: A Pictorial Essay Part Two: Waning Days of the Frontier BattalionChapter 7: San Saba Mob: A Murder Society; Chapter 8: Reese-Townsend Feud at Columbus; Chapter 9: Humphries Case: An East Texas Lyching; Chapter 10: Finale of the Frontier Battalion; Map: East Texas; Map: Panhandle; Map: Counties of the Panhandle; Map: Central Texas; Map: Southeast Texas; Map: Far East Texas; Map: Texas Border; Part Three: An Aging Lawman: Highs and Lows; Chapter 11: Forming a New Ranger Force; Chapter 12 Conditt Murder Case: A Study in Detection; Chapter 13 Brownsville Affair: A Muddled Incident Chapter 14: Rio Grande City: The Last StandChapter 15: The End Comes: State Revenue Agent and Other Roles; The Rangers, Company B, and Captian Bill: Major Figures and Cases; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Captain Bill McDonald's (1852-1918) admirers rank him as one of the great captains of Texas Ranger history. His detractors see him as an irresponsible lawman who precipitated violence, hungered for publicity, and related tall tales that cast himself in the hero's role. This title seeks to find the true Bill McDonald and sort fact from myth.

9781574413694 27.95 (NL)


Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
McDonald, William Jesse, 1852-1918.
Peace officers -- Texas -- Biography.
Texas -- History -- 1846-1950.
Texas Rangers -- Biography.


Electronic books.

F391.M142 W456 2009

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