Paul N. Spellman's Captain J. A. Brooks, Texas Ranger (Frances B. Vick) PDF

By Paul N. Spellman

ISBN-10: 1574412272

ISBN-13: 9781574412277

James Abijah Brooks (1855-1944) used to be one of many 4 nice Captains in Texas Ranger background, others together with invoice McDonald, John Hughes, and John Rogers. through the years historians have talked about the captain as “John” Brooks, simply because he tended to signal along with his initials, but in addition simply because W. W. Sterling’s vintage Trails and Trials of a Texas Ranger mistakenly named him as Captain John Brooks. Born and raised in Civil War-torn Kentucky, a reckless adventurer at the American and Texas frontier, and a quick-draw Texas Ranger captain who later became in his six-shooter to function a county pass judgement on, Brooks’s existence displays the raucous period of the overdue 19th and early twentieth-century American West. As a Texas Ranger, Brooks participated within the excessive profile occasions of his day, from the fence-cutting wars to the El Paso prizefight, from the Conner Fight–where he misplaced 3 palms from his left hand–to the Temple rail strike, all with a resolute demeanor and a quick gun. A shoot-out in Indian Territory approximately expense him his existence after which jeopardized his profession, and a lifelong bout with previous Kentucky bourbon did an analogous. With 3 different exceptional Ranger captains, Brooks witnessed and helped advertise the transformation of the elite Frontier Battalion into the Ranger strength. As a nation legislator, he brokered the construction of a South Texas county that bears his identify this present day, and the place he served for twenty-eight years as county pass judgement on. He was once the integral enforcer of frontier justice, scars and all.

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