At the request of History Channel’s publishers, Moore wrote Texas Rising as a companion to their TV series on how the Texas Rangers were created and the years of the Texas Revolution. This is a fabulous book depicting the gritty and somewhat gruesome years between 1836 and 1846.
I was always curious of the story behind the white COME AND TAKE IT flag, which was one of the first stories in the book. The Texians unfurled the battle flag at a small skirmish with the Mexican force in 1836. The flag was made from a white wedding dress. I also enjoyed the story of Emily West, an indentured mulatto servant, who was reportedly the inspiration for the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas”.
The book contains a very vivid account of the battle of the Alamo, first the Texans take the Alamo from the Mexican army lead by General Martin Perfecto de Cos’s army. Mexican President Santa Ana lost as many as six hundred men during the final siege to regain the Alamo. Santa Anna showed no remorse for the Texians. Barely, a dozen Texans survived the massacre.
Moore continues the history of the Republic of Texas as the Texas Rangers fight against Indian uprisings as well as Mexican bandits crossing the agreed upon country line south of the Nueces River, after a long-sought truce between the two countries. I appreciated the very detailed map of the Republic of Texas, 1836, and the Troop Movements map March-April 1836, referring back to them often as I read the book. The colored pictures included in the book are a wonderful collection of Texas leaders, early Texas Rangers and other historical pictures.
The story of the Texas Rangers from the early days of the new Republic of Texas to the final days covered by the book of acceptance of Texas into the United States is fascinating and fast-paced. The book kept my interest from the first page to the last. Moore says of his book: I was able to “offer a broader view of the Texas Revolution and the events leading up to it. The production team at History/ A&E reviewed and approved my writing as a solid, fact-based companion for their entertaining mini-series.”
The reviews of this book are wonderful and I agree with all of them. “Stephen L. Moore’s vivid portrayal of this tumultuous period helps bridge the gulf between fact and fiction in Texas Rangers’ history.” Jody Edward Ginn, PhD, Historian, Former Texas Rangers Association “A page-turner for history buffs.” Thom Hatch, Spur Award-Winning author of The Last Outlaws “With a wonderful eye for detail and a gift for storytelling, Stephen L. Moore has provided an action-packed ride with the early Texas Rangers through the violent Republic years.
In a story that is equal parts horror and heroism, defeat and triumph, Moore has proven yet again that he is one of the best writers working today.” James M. Scott, author of Target Tokyo I have been looking forward to reading this book as Stephen L. Moore is a frequent visitor to Jefferson. I’ve known him for several years. He is a sixth generation
Texan and author of books on World War II and Texas history. Taming Texas is a biography of his great-great-great-grandfather, William T. Sadler, one of the first Texas Ranger captains in the 1830’s. In addition to Texas Rising, Carnegie Library also carries Moore’s books Pacific Payback and The Battle for Hell’s Island.
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