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TEXAS RISING: The Epic History of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846

William Morrow/Harper Collins, 400 pages, 5.5" x 8.5" format, photos + maps

The official nonfiction companion to HISTORY’s dramatic series "Texas Rising": a thrilling new narrative history of the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers who patrolled the violent western frontier. March 1836: The Republic of Texas, just weeks old, is already near collapse. William Barret Travis and his brave defenders of the Alamo in San Antonio have been slaughtered. Hundreds more Texan soldiers have surrendered at Goliad, only to be marched outside the fortress and executed by order of the ruthless Mexican general Santa Anna, a dictator denying Texans their freedom and liberty.

Acclaimed Texas historian Stephen L. Moore’s new narrative history tells the full, thrilling story of the Texas Revolution from its humble beginnings to its dramatic conclusion, and reveals the contributions of the fabled Texas Rangers—both during the revolution and in the frontier Indian wars that followed.

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Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto
and the Texas Independence Campaign

Rowman & Littlefield, 522 pages, 5.5" x 8.5" format, soft cover, 100+ images

This is the definitive account of the Texas Revolution campaign and its climactic battle which earned Texas its independence from Mexico in 1836. Drawing heavily on first-hand accounts from both sides of the conflict, Eighteen Minutes examines the men, their choices, and the controversies that make San Jacinto such an interesting part of our state's rich history. True West Magazine reported, "With its detailed, first-hand accounts, this excellent book easily replaces our old (1959) standby, Frank Tolbert's Day of San Jacinto."

The appendices for Eighteen Minutes include rosters of all Texan companies involved in the campaign, as well as Texan casualties and Mexican officers killed or wounded. From the fall of the Alamo to the treaty of Velasco, the San Jacinto campaign and its men are described in exhaustive detail that will prove valuable to many future students of military history and family genealogists.

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Last Stand of the Texas Cherokees:
Chief Bowles and the 1839 Cherokee War in Texas

RAM Books, 224 pages, 5.5" x 8.5" format, soft cover, 59 color and B&W images

Last Stand of the Texas Cherokees details the migration of Chief Bowles' band of Western Cherokees into Texas and their subsequent struggles to obtain land rights from the Mexican and Texas governments. Bowles' Cherokees and twelve other affiliated Indian tribes ultimately chose to fight a strong force of Texas Rangers, Texas Army and militiamen in July 1839. Nearly 170 years later, author Stephen L. Moore and a team of Garrett metal detectorists return to pinpoint the site of the Battle of the Neches.

Moore, who descends from both the Cherokee and ancestors who fought in this conflict on the side of the Texan military forces, traces the early years of Chief Bowles and his people. He also presents an exhaustive account of the failed peace negotiations leading up to the final frontier engagements in which Bowles was killed and his people were driven from Texas.

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Taming Texas:
Captain William T. Sadler's Lone Star Service

Statehouse Press, 348 pages, 5.5" x 8.5" format, soft cover, 120 images

This biography of the author's great-great-great grandfather chronicles the life of one of the lesser-known heroes of early Texas. William Turner Sadler journeyed to Texas in 1835 with a future President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar. On January 1, 1836, Sadler became one of the very first Texas Ranger company commanders in East Texas, where his Rangers built the pioneer fortress known as Fort Houston. After the fall of the Alamo, Captain Sadler and his men rode to join Sam Houston's army and help win Texas independence at the battle of San Jacinto.

Sadler had a role in the capture of Santa Anna and went on to become a captain both in the Texas Militia system and in the Texas Army during the height of the Texas Indian Wars. After his family was slaughtered by Indians in 1838, he was one of the leaders in the 1839 Cherokee War. In later years, Sadler served as a legislator for the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas, and concluded his military service with actions in the Civil War.

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