RANGERS: Early Texas Rangers Perhaps the most storied lawmen of the West were the Texas Rangers. Comanches, not outlaws, were the principle adversaries of the Rangers in the years immediately following the Civil War. Photos of Texas Rangers taken prior to 1870 are rare. This one of James Thomas Bird (left) and John J. Haynes was taken in 1868 and shows the young Indian fighters outfitted more like Civil War guerrillas than the later Texas cowboys.
Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker, Texas Ranger, Indian Fighter and Soldier. The famous "Colt Walker" was designed by Samuel Colt after a discussion with Captain Walker. Walker described what he considered would be the perfect fighting revolver, and it was then designed by Sam Colt, who put Captain Walker's name on it.
Since this "essay" revolves around the Civil War it seems only fitting to give a brief overview of it. This infographic does just that. For a refresher course click on the image. [Civil War Facts Infographic from the National Park Service] More