Taming the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers
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Taming the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers

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Only an extraordinary Texas Ranger could have cleaned up bandit-plagued Southwest Texas, between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande, in the years following the Civil War. Thousands of raiders on horseback, some of them Anglo-Americans, regularly crossed the river from Mexico to pillage, murder, and rape. Their main objective? To steal cattle, which they herded back across...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by University of Texas Press (first published 1962)
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Joel Ortiz-Quintanilla
this was a good informative book about one of the texas rangers who was still living in south texas when this other author went and found him down near King Ranch. its the story of Mcnellys rangers who came to bring law to this region of texas between the nueces and rio grande, back in the day, the 1870 it was a land that only outlaws lived in because the us didnt really care and mexico was still just so close, but this area was really part of mexico and it was part of tamaulipas mexico till the...more
I am not sure if the book itself is the reason why I didn't enjoy it, or if it is because my whole notion of what Texas Rangers did was totally destroyed.
I like the notion of what the author Larry McMurtry had written as the life of the rangers and there was only one incident of the Texas Rangers doing anything remotely similar in this book.
Ranger McNelly himself didn't seem to do much work at all, and this book makes him and the rangers seem more like renegades. Very disapponted.
Barb Gant
Once you have read this book you will understand the great Texas Ranger Captain L.M. McNelly and what his troop dealt with in the Nueces Strip - the area between the Rio Grande and the Nueces River in South West Texas. Mexican banditos, Indians, and outlaws. The way the early ranger troops armed themselves and the deported themselves. A great read!
Fredrick Danysh
Outlaws, bandits, and Indians inhabited the region between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande in Texas. Captain McNelly with a handful of Rangers was given the task of bringing peace to the region.
Joe Bax.
Anyone interested in Texas History will enjoy this short but very entertaining book.
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