After nine years of the Washington politicians going back on their word, nothing should have surprised the citizens of the former Lone Star Republic. But even in their worst nightmare Texans never dreamed the United States government would leave the frontier unprotected.
So on July 1, 1855, Gov. Elisha Pease called on James Callahan, a veteran Indian fighter with a hard-as-nails reputation, to save an endangered species — the frontier settler.
That’s what “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, June 25 thru Tuesday, July 1 is about. If your local newspaper carries the column, be sure to read it. If not, buy an email subscription right now on this web site.