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Quantrill's Raiders in Sherman, Texas, Winter 1864. Image made by Will Dunniway, November 2008.

Quantrill's Raiders in Sherman, Texas, Winter 1864. Image made by Will Dunniway, November 2008.

RANGERS: Early Texas Rangers Perhaps the most storied lawmen of the West were the Texas Rangers. Comanches, not outlaws, were the principle adversaries of the Rangers in the years immediately following the Civil War. Photos of Texas Rangers taken prior to 1870 are rare. This one of James Thomas Bird (left) and John J. Haynes was taken in 1868 and shows the young Indian fighters outfitted more like Civil War guerrillas than the later Texas cowboys.

RANGERS: Early Texas Rangers Perhaps the most storied lawmen of the West were the Texas Rangers. Comanches, not outlaws, were the principle adversaries of the Rangers in the years immediately following the Civil War. Photos of Texas Rangers taken prior to 1870 are rare. This one of James Thomas Bird (left) and John J. Haynes was taken in 1868 and shows the young Indian fighters outfitted more like Civil War guerrillas than the later Texas cowboys.

Al-che-say, Apache Scout, front row center. Back row right Rowdy, Apache. Both are Apache Scouts for the Army. Arizona, USA ck

Al-che-say, Apache Scout, front row center. Back row right Rowdy, Apache. Both are Apache Scouts for the Army. Arizona, USA ck

John S. "Rip" Ford, 1850's Texas Ranger. Commanded the Confederate forces in the last engagement of the American Civil War.

frontier deerskin coat with fringe

John S. "Rip" Ford, 1850's Texas Ranger. Commanded the Confederate forces in the last engagement of the American Civil War.

Jesse James' Colt Navy Model 1851 Revolver

Jesse James' Colt Navy Model 1851 Revolver