BEN McCULLOCH – Texas Hero

by Julia Robb Ben McCulloch was a hero, but most of us don’t know who he was. Yet Ben McCulloch fought in the Texas revolution (barely missing dying at the Alamo), he fought the Comanches, he was a Texas Ranger, a U.S. marshal and a Confederate brigadier general. McCulloch was born in Tennessee in 1811 and David Crockett eventually became one of the McCullochs’ neighbors and closest friends. In 1835, Ben and his brother Henry decided to follow Crockett to Texas. They planned to meet in Nacogdoches on Christmas day. Ben and Henry didn’t get there on time and Ben […]

Jack Hays and The Wild Texas Rangers

by Julia Robb In 1840, Texas Ranger Captain Jack Hays and twenty of his men tracked down two hundred Comanches herding stolen horses. Hays said, “Yonder are the Indians, boys, and yonder are our horses. The Indians are pretty strong. But we can whip them. What do you say?” The Rangers charged, killed the Comanche leader and the rest of the warriors ran. That’s a typical Ranger story. The nineteenth century Texas Rangers were special to Texas and there’s a reason. The Rangers were quick-shooting, hard-drinking, brutal, aggressive men, “just this side of brigands and desperados,” who fought a “war […]

HOW TEXAS WENT DOWN IN FLAMES

by Julia Robb . Sam Houston told us not to do it. And Houston was the sitting governor when he opposed Texas joining the Confederacy, as well as hero of San Jacinto, twice President of the Republic of Texas and a former U.S. (TX) senator. Joining the Confederacy would ruin the state, Houston warned, then ordered Texan Rangers to guard the federal arsenal in San Antonio. Texas secession leaders, Houston said, should “learn to respect and support one government before they talk of starting another.” Texas didn’t listen. In February, 1861, the state legislature appointed a special Texas “Secession Convention” […]