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Martha, this reference about fighting the Comanche...
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:05

might have to do with 1874. This reflects the only time I had to delve into the Texas Rangers, during research on a guy who later played a significant role in Montana law enforcement with Morgan Earp. The name of this Wisconsin adventurer was Henry Wormwood and he was drawn into the action after arriving in Dallas. On May 16, 1874, the Dallas Daily Herald highlighted the recent developments related to the Red River War:

"We are informed by a gentleman just from Jacksboro that the line of posts extending from Fort Sill, in the Indian Territory, to Fort Concho, Texas, are now fully established, with daily patrols from one post to the other, and under the energetic and prompt action of Generals Buell and Davidson. The frontier, we are told, is freer from Indian depredations than it has been for several years. Our informant represents everything very dull at Jacksboro, nothing doing and money scarce; but the paymaster is expected in the course of a few days, when money will begin to circulate more freely."

Wormwood enlisted with the Texas Rangers in August 1874, as Private, Company B, Frontier Battalion. This battalion had been "organized for the repression of domestic lawlessness and the defense of frontier counties from Indian and Mexican raids."

About this time in July John Wesley Hardin was making a name for himself. Captain of Company B was George S. Stevens, 1st Lieutenant Ira Long and 2nd Lieutenant John B. Jones. This Texas Ranger outfit fought against both Comanche and Kiowa. Their activities covered an area from Lost Valley (West Jack County), Jacksboro, Decatur, Fort Griffin, "the Flat," Fort Richardson and Weatherford.

In May '75 Hank Wormwood was involved in the fight at the Loving cattle ranch (James C. Loving) against 30 Comanche, when two of Loving's cowboys - named Wright and Heath - were killed while trying to bring in the remuda.

Probably a chapter could be written about what Company B encountered when visiting "the Flat" just below the bluff of Fort Griffin. If a young Ranger could not let off steam at this "Babylon of the Brazos" it would be mysterious. Most substantial building at "the Flat" in '75 was the Bee Hive Saloon. Over the doorway was a sign having this poem:

"Within the Hive, we are alive;
Good whisky makes us funny.
Get your horse tied, come inside,
And taste the flavor of our honey."

Honey had more to do with the prostitute cribs around back.

  • Fighting with the RangersMartha Fanning, Tue Aug 21 14:07
    from Traces of Texas on Facebook The Texas Quote of the Day: "I was drafted to go out and fight with the Rangers. While I was out with the Rangers one of them lied to me and talked me into joinin'... more
    • Martha, this reference about fighting the Comanche... — K.t.K., Thu Aug 23 12:05
    • Pretty funnyDavid, Wed Aug 22 12:15
      Reminds me of a song my Dad used to always sing when I was young: "I joined the Navy, to see the girls. And what did I see? I saw the sea!"... more
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