Mixed Blessing: The Role of the Texas Rangers in the Mexican War, 1846-1848
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The Texas Rangers assumed many roles during the Mexican War 1846-1848, fighting in both the northern and central theaters. Along with frontier knowledge and combat experience, they also brought prejudices and they earned a reputation for ill-discipline. Thus, the central research question is whether the Texas Rangers contributed to the success of conventional army forces or did they materially hinder Generals Taylor and Scott more than they helped Analysis begins by discussing the Mexican War, the Texas Rangers, and the concept of Compound Warfare CW conventional and unconventional forces employed simultaneously to gain a synergistic advantage. CW theory is used to evaluate the Rangers contributions. Ranger actions in support of Taylors first battles and his movement to and conquest of Monterey, followed by the Battle of Buena Vista are described and evaluated. The Rangers counter-guerilla operations in both theaters are evaluated next. The conclusion is that the Texas Rangers did contribute positively overall to the success of American commanders throughout the war despite some problems and atrocities. The final chapter also discusses the works current relevance and suggests way for todays commanders to avoid problems when integrating irregular forces from differing cultures into the laws of war.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare