Posts in Season 5
S5 | E4: TEXAS RANGERS — "Comanche Moon"

5/19/19

The end of the Mexican American War brings great change to the Texas Rangers. Heroes have been buried; the old captains move on; and new leaders emerge.

The U.S. army builds two lines of forts in Texas and finally creates a star-studded regiment of cavalry to battle the Comanches on the frontier. John "RIP" Ford becomes the preeminent Ranger captain of the age as he fights Comanches in the north and Juan Cortina in the south.

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S5 | E3: TEXAS RANGERS — "War, and the Walker Colt"

5/12/19

President Polk is furious with General Taylor's ceasefire agreement with Mexico and he orders General Winfield Scott to continue the war. Captain Jack Hays, Samuel Walker and John "RIP" Ford return to Mexico for the final push toward the capital, but the Rangers suffer a devastating loss in the fighting.

A brief meeting between Samuel Walker and Samuel Colt leads to the creation of the Colt Walker revolver and revolutionizes the firearms industry.

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S5 | E2: TEXAS RANGERS — "Fight Like The Devil"

5/5/19

Captain Jack Hays, Samuel Walker and a company of rangers fight a small battle with Comanches that has a big impact on history of the American West.

The United States goes to war with Mexico finally and General Zachary Taylor enlists the help of the Rangers. The U.S. army marches into Mexico and the Rangers lead the charge from the Battle of Palo Alto to the Battle of Monterrey.

S5 | E1: TEXAS RANGERS — "A Captain Rises"

4/28/19

After the Texas revolution and the Great Comanche Raid, a Tennessean named John Coffee Hays rises to prominence as the commander of the Texas Rangers. Hays, along with captains Ben McCulloch, Samuel Walker and "Bigfoot" Wallace fights bandits in the Nueces Strip and Comanches on the frontier.

The rangers are on the front lines as Mexico sends hundreds of troops into Texas. Texas responds by sending the rangers to Mexico on the disastrous Mier Expedition.

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Season Five: TEXAS RANGERS

They wore no uniforms. They implored no dress codes. But the men of the "spy companies" or "mounted volunteers" were easily recognized by their gruff appearance, superior horses and array of weapons.

In the years between the Texas revolution and the American Civil War, these men became officially known as the Texas Rangers. Legendary commanders led the Rangers through battles with Comanches, bandits and the Mexican army.

This season covers the stories of John Coffee Hays, Ben McCulloch, Samuel Walker, Bigfoot Wallace, John “RIP” Ford, and Lawrence “Sul” Ross from 1840 to 1860.

Edited and mixed by Michael Martin at Sneaky Big Studios in Phoenix, Arizona.

The theme song, “Yellow Rose of Texas,” was arranged and recorded by The Mighty Orq in Houston, Texas.

Music by Robb Vallier in Phoenix, Arizona.

Additional music from Pond 5 and Free SFX.

Sound effects from Adobe, Pond 5 and Free SFX.

“A Texas Ranger” sketch and “General Scott’s Grand Entrance Into The Mexican Capital” sketch provided by Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

SOURCES

“The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900,” by Mike Cox. Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2008

“The Ranger Ideal: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, Volume 1,” by Darren L. Ivey. University of North Texas Press, 2017

“Texas Rangers: Lives, Legend, and Legacy,” by Bob Alexander and Donaly E. Brice. University of North Texas Press, 2017

“The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense,” by Walter Prescott Webb. University of Texas Press, 1935

“Comanches: A History of the People,” by T.R. Fehrenbach. Random House, 1974

“Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman,” by J. Evetts Haley. University of Oklahoma Press, 1936

History of the Colt Paterson revolver: Armourersbench.com

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame: TexasRanger.org

The Battle of Palo Alto: Pbs.org

The Battle of Palo Alto: Texas State Historical Association tshaonline.org

The Santa Fe Expedition: NewMexicoHistory.org

Reservation War: Texas State Historical Association tshaonline.org

Abraham Lincoln’s Spot Resolutions: National Archives archives.org

Pease River Fight — “Pease River Massacre: Texas Rangers Defeat Comanche, Rescue Cynthia Parker After 25 Years Captivity”

Pease River Fight — “Myth, Memory and Massacre: The Pease River Capture of Cynthia Ann Parker”

Pease River Fight — “EARLY TIMES IN TEXAS AND HISTORY OF PARKER FAMILY (Ben Parker)” Originally published in The Tracings, Volume 3, No. 1, Winter 1984, by the Anderson County Genealogical Society, copyright assigned to the East Texas Genealogical Society.

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