Famed Ranger “Borrows” Calvarymen for Mexican Invasion

Leander McNelly, famous Texas Ranger captain, walked into a U.S. cavalry camp near the Rio Grande on November 17, 1875 and asked to “borrow” the idle troopers if the officer in charge did not intend to pursue Mexican rustlers across the river.

Though barely in his twenties, the Virginian commanded one of the last units of Texas Confederates to disband at the end of the Civil War.  Less than two years after the successful recovery of stolen cattle in the “Las Cuevas War,” McNelly died from tuberculosis at the the age of 33.

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