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Author Weiss, Harold J., Jr., 1932-

Title Yours to command : the life and legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald / Harold J. Weiss, Jr
Published Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 436 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Frances B. Vick series ; no. 5
Frances B. Vick series ; no. 5
Contents List of maps and illustrations -- Preface -- Part 1. Emergence of a ranger officer. Introduction: Bill McDonald, the historical record, and the popular mind ; The making of a Texas lawman ; Captain Bill and Company B in the Panhandle ; A gunfight between two guardians of the law ; Proceed to El Paso: the Rangers and prizefighting ; A bank robbery in Wichita Falls -- Part 2. Waning days of the frontier battalion ; San Saba mob: a murder society ; Reese-Townsend feud at Columbus ; Humphries case: an East Texas lynching ; Finale of the Frontier Battalion -- Part 3. An aging lawman: highs and lows ; Forming a new Ranger force ; Conditt murder case: a study in detection ; Brownsville affair: a muddled incident ; Rio Grande city: the last stand ; The end comes: state revenue agent and other roles
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-414) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject McDonald, William Jesse, 1852-1918.
Texas Rangers -- Biography.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Peace officers -- Texas -- Biography.
Texas -- History -- 1846-1950.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1441646426 (electronic bk.)
1574412604 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781441646422 (electronic bk.)
9781574412604 (cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)