The Highsmith Men, Texas Rangers Page: 1
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Edwards, Cody. The Highsmith Men, Texas Rangers. Master of Arts (History), December
2012, 140 pages, bibliography, 84 titles.
The Highsmith Men is a general historical narrative of four prominent men who happened
to be Texas Rangers. The story begins in Texas in 1830 and traces the lives of Samuel
Highsmith, his nephew, Benjamin Franklin Highsmith, and Samuels's sons, Malcijah and Henry
Albert Highsmith, who was the last of the four to pass away, in 1930. During this century the
four Highsmiths participated in nearly every landmark event significant to the history of Texas.
The Highsmith men also participated in numerous other engagements as well. Within this
framework the intent of The Highsmith Men is to scrutinize the contemporary scholarly
conceptions of the early Texas Rangers as an institution by following the lives of these four men,
who can largely be considered common folk settlers. This thesis takes a bottom up approach to
the history of Texas, which already maintains innumerable accounts of the sometimes true and,
sometimes not, larger than life figures that Texas boasts. For students pursuing studies in the
Texas, the American West, the Mexican American War, or Civil War history, this regional
history may be of some use.
The early Texas Rangers were generally referred to as "Minute Men" or "Volunteer
Militia" until 1874. In this role, the Highsmith men participated in many historic Texas
engagements including but not limited to the Siege of Bexar, the battle of the Alamo, San
Jacinto, the Cordova Rebellion, Plum Creek, the Mexican Invasions of 1842, the Mexican War,
the Civil War, Salado Creek, Brushy Creek, and the capture of Sam Bass. Not only did people
like the Highsmiths, who were largely considered "common folk," participate in these battles,
they were also Texas Rangers. None of the Highsmith men were full time Texas Rangers, which
discredits prominent stereotypes. The Highsmith Men shows that the Texas Ranger institution
Here’s what’s next.
This thesis can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Thesis.
Edwards, Cody. The Highsmith Men, Texas Rangers, thesis, December 2012; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc177194/m1/2/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .