Rip Ford's Texas Author:John Salmon Ford The Republic of Texas was still in its first exultation over independence when John Salmon "Rip" Ford arrived from South Carolina in June of 1836. Some six weeks earlier Sam Houston's army had quickly disposed of Santa Anna's force in the brief but momentous Battle of San Jacinto. — Into this tumultuous scene strode Ford, a man made for such tim... more »es; he stayed to participate in virtually every major event in Texas history during the next sixty years. Doctor, lawyer, surveyor, newspaper reporter, elected representative, and above all else, soldier and Indian fighter, Ford sat down in his old age to record the events of the turbulent years through which he had lived.
In his expert editing of the nearly thirteen hundred handwritten and unorganized pages of Ford's memoirs, Stephen Oates followed two rules of thumb: "preserve Ford's style; and, if a sentence can be understood at all on first reading, don't fuss with it." The result is a clear and vigorous personal history of Texas--exciting, sometimes humorous, always interesting.
Stephen B. Oates holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently Paul Murray Kendall Prefessor of Biography at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.« less