Rudolph Fischer (1852 - 1941) was a White captive of the Comanche tribe for decades. Abducted at age 13 by a Comanche war party near Fredericksburg,Texas he was adopted into the Comanche tribe. Like some others caught in this situation, Rudolph accepted the Indian lifestyle so completely that he refused to leave it when given the chance. He took two Comanche wives and went with the tribe to its new slice of Oklahoma, where "he was fruitful and multiplied."
“The world must know what happened, and never forget.” At the end of the Second World War, General Ike Eisenhower made the decision to personally visit as many Nazi concentration camps as he possible could. His reason? He felt compelled to document the camps, their appalling conditions and the brave souls who survived it. He anticipated a time when the Nazi atrocities might be downplayed or even denied, and as such ordered the filming and photographing of camps as they were liberated
Charles Goodnight, the book and movie "Lonesome Dove" is basted on his life, March 5,1836 - Dec. 12,1929. Goodnight moved to Texas in 1846 when he was 10 years old. By the time he was 12 he was working as a cowboy and served with the local militia in the many fights against Comanche raiders. In 1857 he joined the Texas Rangers, later when the Civil War began he served as a scout. After the war Goodnight joined up with Oliver Loving to move cattle from Ft. Belknap Texas to Ft. Sumner New…
The story of Cynthia Ann Parker is a sad one - kidnapped after a Comanche massacre at Old Fort Parker (near Mexia), Cynthia grew up with the Comanche and eventually married Chief Peta Nocona - she had 3 children - one of which is the famous Quanah Parker (last free Comanche Chief). 20+ years after her kidnapping, she was "rescued" and returned back to modern society. She never recovered from being forced to leave her Indian family. You can learn more about her story by visiting Old…
Pompey Factor ... only known photo of this courageous, Seminole-Negro, U.S. army scout. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery exhibited in a skirmish in which his troop was surrounded by Comanche Indians. Factor and two others stayed behind, fighting off the attackers long enough for all to barely escape certain death. Despite this honor, after two years Factor left the Scouts and returned to Mexico, dissatisfied with the treatment of the Scouts by whites in south Texas.
TIPIS of the Comanche. Comanche Indian Attacks In Central Texas History Were Insidious In 1858 | Unfortunately many of them were perpetrated by greedy white men posing at Indians. The Indian was an easy scapegoat for any problem the settlers where having.
Frank Boardman "Pistol Pete" Eaton (October 26, 1860 – April 8, 1958) was an American author, cowboy, scout, Indian fighter, and Deputy U. S. Marshal for Judge Isaac C. Parker. He was also known to throw a coin in the air, draw and shoot it before it hit the ground.
John Jarrette Member of William Clarke Quantrill’s Guerrillas He Rode with Quantrill during the raid on Lawrence, Kansas in 1863, and with Bloody Bill Anderson during the massacre at Centralia, Missouri 1864. After the war, Jarrette joined the Jesse James gang, and was a suspect in the robbery of the bank in Kentucky in 1868. In the photo he wears a captured Union waistbelt plate in the photo. via http://thecivilwarparlor.tumblr.com
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.
The Comanche are a Plains Indian tribe who historically ranged over what is present day eastern New Mexico, southern Colorado, northeastern Arizona, southern Kansas, all of Oklahoma, and most of northwest Texas. The Comanche people are enrolled in the federally recognized Comanche Nation, in Oklahoma. Historically, the Comanche were hunter-gatherers and later, a horse culture. There may have been as many as 45,000 Comanches in the late 18th century. They are a Uto-Aztecan speaking people.
"Texas Jack" Vermillion (John Wilson Vermillion) would grow up to become one of the many gunfighters in the Old West, with colorful nicknames like "Texas Jack" and "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out" Vermillion. He is most well known for his participation with Wyatt Earp in the Earp Vendetta Ride after the Clantons had killed Morgan Earp in 1882.