J.A. Brooks - One of the great captains of the Texas Rangers

James Abijah Brooks was one of the four Great Captains in Texas Ranger history. Yet, while being respected by his peers and politicians of the day, his family seemed to think very little of him. The life of this complex man is well researched and even better written in Captain J. A. Brooks - Texas Ranger by Paul N. Spellman published by The University of North Texas Press.

Born and raised in Kentucky during the Civil War era, James (often written as John) was a reckless adventurer on the American and Texas frontier.


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