Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger (Frances B. Vick by Paul N. Spellman

By Paul N. Spellman

John Harris Rogers (1863-1930) served in Texas legislation enforcement for greater than 4 many years, as a Texas Ranger, Deputy and U.S. Marshal, urban police leader, and within the deepest quarter as a safety agent. he's famous in historical past as one of many mythical "Four Captains" of the Ranger strength that helped make the transition from the Frontier Battalion days into the 20th century. Rogers participated within the Brown County fence-cutting wars, the East Texas Conner struggle, the El Paso/Langtry Prizefight, the riots through the Laredo Quarantine, and the hunts for Hill Loftis and Gregorio Cortez. "[Rogers's] philosophy was once: `Once you've gotten pulled your weapons use them with absolute resolve.' He definitely did in the course of his profession as a Ranger. . . . a great addition to Texas Ranger lore."--True West "Spellman deals a story biography that's awfully good crafted. . . . it's a needs to learn for students and laymen alike."--Journal of the West

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Brooks and Privates Jim Carmichael, Bill Treadwell and John H. Rogers. There they met with Copeland and Aten and several of Baugh’s hired hands. After darkness had set in on the evening of November 9, ten riders made their way to the targeted fence and hid in bushes nearby. Near midnight the fence-cutters rode up to the fence line. There were several whose gray silhouettes could barely be made out in the night. Two of the riders dismounted only a few yards from the concealed Rangers and began their destructive work.

Just then, Captain Scott appeared. He calmly suggested that everyone holster their weapons, which they did. Copeland had been deputized as a Ranger, explained Scott, and had a right to carry his pistol in town. But Scott also ordered the Brown County farmer to head for home. On his way home, seven miles out of Brownwood crossing Salt Creek, Copeland was ambushed by revenge-seeking fence-cutters. He managed to escape when the mule he was riding bolted even as the first shots were fired. The consequences of this deadly action were interesting.

20 Meanwhile, Captain George Schmitt of Ranger Company C officially criticized Captain Scott for his hasty actions that resulted in the death of two fence-cutters and the dismissal of the other charges. Although Schmitt had not been present, he wrote into the official records his opinion that Scott could have spared those two lives and put the others in prison if he had acted more responsibly.

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