The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 458
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
latter on their saddle horns, and from then on their sole depend-
ence was on the pistols. In a standing fight, after the shotguns
were discharged, pistols took their place. When two or three or
four of them were successively brought into play, for a time it
was almost like the fire of a modern machine gun.
In other ways than in fighting their intelligence was conspicu-
ous. In the innumerable little things that came up in the course
of a campaign and made for success in action or survival in defeat,
they were adept. They were veritable owls of wisdom in avoid-
ing traps. Operating on the edge of the army for nearly four
years, from near the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean, they
were never caught in a place they could not get out of. They knew
fairly well what they were capable of doing, and almost never
except in obedience to higher authority did they attempt the im-
possible. If by chance they got into a place that was too hot for
them, they knew how to retreat.
Fighting on the offensive was their main technique. Whether
they believed, as some military authorities do, that this was the
best policy under practically all circumstances, or because of their
aggressive nature, they hardly ever waited for the enemy to come
at them. If the enemy were put to flight, the Rangers pursued
them relentlessly. For miles Terry's men would leave enemy dead
scattered over the ground, and often bring out nearly as many
prisoners as they had members themselves.
Quite early in their experience they developed a contempt for
Federal cavalry. The Rangers would unhesitatingly charge a
whole brigade, and if they did not put them to flight, would at
least badly dent their line. For large bodies of infantry they had
more respect, and as for artillery, a few shells thrown among them
were usually sufficient to scatter them like a bunch of partridges.
But any way they operated, their charges were formidable. There
is no record of where, in a bona fide charge, whether against
infantry or cavalry, when on anything like favorable ground, they
failed to break the enemy line, and if cavalry of anything like
equal number, to win the day. This is a wonderful record, con-
sidering the number of engagements they were in, and the high
quality of the foe they were sometimes brought against.
The regiment throughout the war was one of the best mounted
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961, periodical, 1961; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101190/m1/495/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.