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Bigfoot Wallace: A Biography. STANLEY VESTAL

Bigfoot Wallace: A Biography.


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Publication: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1942, Boston

First edition. 8vo. Red cloth, dark blue lettering on front cover and spine, maps on endpapers, 299 pp., acknowledgments, preface, frontis. (portrait of Bigfoot Wallace), illustrated, bibliography, index. "Bigfoot" Wallace was born in Virginia in 1817, and in 1836, learned that his brother and a cousin had been shot by Mexicans at Goliad. He reached Texas in October of 1836, and set out to settle the score with the Mexicans, which he did in short order. He became a Texan and in 1837, he hired out to a surveying party and traveled beyond the frontier where he saw buffalo, deer, bears, and Indians. He was captured by Comanches, escaped, learned something of the Indian tongue, and even tried farming near La Grange, Texas. He was a scout, volunteered for the Somervell and Meir expeditions, was a prisoner of the Mexicans at Perote Prison, and eventually released. He returned to Texas and became a Texas Ranger. Later he commanded a Ranger company. His exploits and deeds were numerous, and he became one of Texas's outstanding folk heroes. Previous owner's name and small name and address stamped on upper edge of front endpaper, else a clean, fine copy. Dust jacket shows light general soiling, moderate edgewear, some internal tape reinforcement, and the lower fore corner of rear panel is missing. Good-very good condition.

Inventory Number: 51953