Thursday, December 20, 2012
They often didn’t look like much but they fought like hell…
In 1863 Louisiana soldier Robert Newell watched 400 Texas Rangers ride into camp. Newell was repulsed at the sight. "If the Confederacy has no better soldiers than those we are in a bad roe for stumps, for they look more like Baboons mounted on goats than anything else."
An interesting fact about Terry's Texas Rangers is that unlike most Cavalry units they rarely used sabers at all. They were generally armed with short rifles, shotguns, and multiple six-shooters per man. They made it their habit not to let the enemy get close enough to have to use sabers in hand to hand combat.