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13 SERVER A Journal of Free Voices A Window to the South Aug. 24, 1973 The Texas Rangers’ 150th Anniversary THEY TOOK IT UP Of this far-famed corps so much feared and hated by the Mexicans I can add nothing to what has already been written. The character of the Texas Ranger is now well known by both friend and foe. As mounted soldier he has had no counterpart in any age or country. Neither Cavalier nor Cossack, Mameluke nor Moss-trooper are like him; and yet in some respects, he resembles them all. Chivalrous, bOld and impetuous in action, he is yet wary and calculating, always impatient of restraint, and sometimes inscrupulous and unmerciful. He is ununiformed, and undrilled, and performs his active duties thoroughly, but with little regard to order or system. He is an excellent rider and a dead shot. His arms are a rifle, Colt’s revolving pistol, and a knife. Luther Giddings’ Sketches of the Campaigns in Northern Mexico by an Officer of the First Ohio Volunteers