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The Texas Rangers and the Mexican-American War (1846-1848)

Here is a list of primary and secondary sources about the Texas Rangers and their experiences in the Mexican-American War.

History of the Texas Rangers

Texas State Historical Association

-History of the Texas Rangers
-Brief description about the Rangers in the Mexican-American War
-Secondary source

8 Famous Texas Rangers - History Lists

-Pictured: William "Bigfoot" Wallace
-List of Famous Texas Rangers
-Brief biographies
-Numbers 1-4 all fought in the Mexican-American War
--John Coffee Hays
--Samuel H. Walker
--Ben McCulloch
--William "Bigfoot" Wallace
-Includes a short video on the history of the Texas Rangers, but doesn't mention the Mexican-American War
-Secondary source

The Occupation of Mexico, May 1846-July 1848

-US Army Center of Military History pamphlet
-Contains stories about the Texas Rangers performance in the war
--Some not so favorable
-Secondary source

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"The Texas Rangers A Century of Frontier Defense"

"The Texas Rangers A Century of Frontier Defense"

-"The Texas Rangers A Century of Frontier Defense" by Walter Prescott Webb
-Paints the Texas Rangers as heroes of the frontier
-Secondary source

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"Los Diablos Tejanos: the Texas Rangers in the Mexican War"

"Los Diablos Tejanos: the Texas Rangers in the Mexican War"

-"Los Diablos Tejanos: the Texas Rangers in the Mexican War" by Stephen B. Oates
-Showcases the brutality inflicted upon the Mexican population by the Texas Rangers
-Secondary source

"Chile Con Carne, or, The Camp and the Field" by S. Compton Smith

-First hand account of the Mexican-American War
-S. Compton Smith was acting surgeon with General Zachary Taylor's Division in Mexico
-Contains many stories about the Texas Rangers
-Primary source

"My Confession: Recollections of a Rogue" by Samuel Chamberlain

-First hand account of the Mexican-American War
-Contains stories about the Texas Rangers
-Interesting side note about Chamberlain
--Considered a very good artist
--His paintings from the war are showcased in this LIFE magazine article
-Primary source

The Letters of General Zachary Taylor

-Collection of letters written by General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican-American War
-Refers to the Texas Rangers as being "too licentious'
-Primary source

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John Salmon "RIP" Ford

John Salmon "RIP" Ford

-"Rip Ford's Texas"
-Memoirs of Texas Ranger John Salmon "RIP" Ford
-Primary source