This image is the cover for the book The Odyssey of Texas Ranger James Callahan

The Odyssey of Texas Ranger James Callahan

James Callahan entered Texas armed, a quixotic young man enlisted in the Georgia Battalion for the cause of independence. He barely survived the 1836 Battle of Refugio and the Goliad Massacre. Undaunted by the perils of his adopted home, he remained in the line of fire for the next twenty-one years, fighting to protect Texas settlers from Apaches, Comanches, Seminoles, Kickapoos, outlaws, mavericks and the Mexican army. As a Texas Ranger, he rode with the legendary men of Seguin and San Antonio. In 1855, he commanded the punitive expedition into Mexico that bears his name, a fiasco that has been shrouded by mystery and shadowed by controversy ever since. In this first-ever biography, Joseph Luther traces the tragic course of the wayfarer who crossed so much of the Texas frontier and created so much of its story.

Joseph Luther, Mike Cox

Joseph Neal Luther is a sixth-generation Texan who lives in Kerrville, Texas. He earned his doctorate at Texas A&M University and is a professor emeritus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught for twenty-three years, serving as associate dean of the College of Architecture. An enthusiastic historical archaeologist, Dr. Luther is a member of the national Society for Historical Archaeology and the Society for American Archeology and has given papers at their national conferences. Locally, he is an active member of the Texas State Historical Association, Texas Archeological Society, South Texas Archaeological Association, Wild West History Association and the West Texas Historical Association. Dr. Luther has written two books of historical archaeology: Camp Verde: Texas Frontier Defense (2012) and Fort Martin Scott: Guardian of the Treaty (2013). This is his third book on nineteenth-century Texas history in his Hill Country series.

The History Press