The South Texas Renagades

Marcus Thomas/ Carper 4th

What are Renagades?

Renagades, or outlaws, from both sides of the Rio Grande were raiding and robbing towns and settlements.Lawlessness increased as deserters from the Civil War and outlawscrossed into Texas. These renagades made many Texans and Mexican Americans afraid.

Trying for Peace

The Texas rangers were sent to the lower Rio Grandein 1875 to establish peace with the outlaws.One unit active in theRio Grande Vally was the Special Force, commanded by Captain L.H. McNelly, a veteranof the Confederate cavarly and a fearless officer.