Category Archives: Politicians

“I done took it up.”

A look at straight-shooting Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald ___________ Introduction In order for stories to become popular, whether based on fact or smothered in myth, they have to reflect the society that takes stock in them.  Texas society has … Continue reading

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The New Northwest Territory

Introduction There was a time when the territorial extent of British America began at the Atlantic seacoast and ended at the eastern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  This boundary was an intentional restriction imposed upon the colonists by the British government, … Continue reading

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The Northwest Indian War

Some Background In 1757, long before the Revolutionary War with Great Britain, Benjamin Franklin was sent to England by the Pennsylvania Assembly as a colonial agent to protest the political influence in Pennsylvania of the Penn family, the proprietors of … Continue reading

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Sam Maverick

Texans take credit for a lot of things they weren’t responsible for, and they are usually quick to deny the things they really did — but they are Texans, after all, and it goes with the territory.  One of the things … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Generals

Introduction Seniority in the United States Armed Forces is determined by rank, date of rank, and in the case of two officers promoted to the same rank on the same date, by the last lineal number.  It sounds confusing, but it … Continue reading

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More Cattle — More Cattle Wars

Some background Florida’s cattle were the first in North America, brought here by the 1521 expedition of Ponce de Leon.  Cattle ranching began before the Seventeenth Century around America’s first city, St. Augustine.  When Florida became a US territory in … Continue reading

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The Hillbilly Wars

Background The term “red neck” originated from the red bandanas worn around the necks of laborers to absorb the sweat from working in the hot sun.  There’s nothing wrong with honest work, of course, but people who regard themselves as better than everyone … Continue reading

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Tombstone Judge

With three men dead, two wounded, and one slightly injured, one would think that it was one hell of a gunfight.  Well, it was — and it wasn’t.  The fight only lasted around thirty-seconds, but within that short span of … Continue reading

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Legends and Such

The story of David Crockett and Mike Fink Some Background A few weeks ago, at Fix Bayonets, I posted an account of the 8th Marine Regiment following its activation in 1917.  The regiment formed as a contingency for possible service … Continue reading

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