The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 91, July 1987 - April, 1988 Page: 226
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
wounds that he had sustained in the affray with the four Tennesseeans
while "pressing" horses near Knoxville in 1863 had "robbed [him] of
his reason." Yet withall, wrote his brother Virgil, "he was a kind, gener-
ous, tenderhearted man," who "had as few enemies, except in his
imagination, as any man in Fayette County. I hope, I trust, I pray that
he is now at rest."72
72Batchelor-Turner Letters, 76; Record of Southwest Texas, 341; Virgil Rabb to E. Z. Chappell,
May 7, 1885 (original in possession of Miss Lillian Rabb, xerox copy in possession of editor).
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Harper's Weekly described the Texas Rangers
as "a desperate set of fellows." Each one "is mounted on a mustang horse ...
[and] armed with a pair of Colt's navy revolvers, a rifle, a tomahawk, a Texan
bowie-knife, and a lasso. They are described as being very dexterous in the use
of the latter." Engraving, 45/8 X 31/2 inches, in Harper's Weekly, July 6, 1861.
Courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures.
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