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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
After the war between the states,,the first Democratic
overnorelected in Texas was Richard Coke.
The citizens of Texas, realizing that the state was
over-run with Indians and outlaws, following in the
wake of war, found that the battles of its first great
pioneers would have to be, in a measure, fought over
again. Not for the independence of a republic, but,
for the life and liberty of her people, guaranteed by
the constitution, and compact of states. Consequently,
in May, 1874, Governor Coke recommended to the
legislature, then in session, to authorize the raising
and equipping of a battalion, of six full companies
of Rangers, consisting of 75 men to each company,
rank and file, to be placed on the Texas frontier, extending
from Jacksboro, in Jack County, to the Rio
Grande River, bordering on Mexico a distance of
600 miles, on the north and west of the interior of
That legislature was composed of the sterling men
of the state, who didn't weigh money, with the lives
of our people, and after passing the bill appropriated
$75,000.00 to put the Battalion into action as
quickly as possible. The six companies of the Battalion
were organized and officered7as follows: On
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Roberts, Dan W. Rangers and sovereignty, book, 1914; San Antonio, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5833/m1/12/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .