The South Texas Renegades
Anthony Zimmerle 5th
Why were problems in South Texas difficult to control?
Sometimes ambitious ranchers took advantage of the lack of law and order to expand their lands and herds and cattle. Many pooorer people especially lost their lands and were mistreated in other ways.
Sometimes law enforcement agents added to the problems. The texas rangers were sent to the lower Rio Grande in 1875 to establish peace. One unit active in the Rio Grande Valley was the special force commanded by Captain L.H. Mc Nelly a veteran of the Confedarate Calvary and a fearless law officer.