"Fearless" - 20 x 30 - catalogue #3635 - original canvas - make a bid - Giclees available
Young Jack Hays leading his men while surrounded by Commanches. Considered the best Indian fighter of his day, he developed the unique method of forming an inner circle, each man picking his target, and then charging the outer circle with two blazing Colt 45's per man. The Commanches described these attacks as "the guns that never stop firing" and they called Hays "El Diablo" and his men "Los Diablos Tejanos". The artist's fifth generation Grandfather, Edward Nixon Gray, was one of those men.
These men were some the first Texas Rangers and Jack Hays has been called the "The Father of The Texas Rangers" by many authors and historians. He brought fame, dignity and respect to the Rangers who started out as Indian fighters, not peace officers. He hand picked and trained all his men who were described by the writers of the day as "a wild and fearsome looking bunch". They were long haired, bearded, unkempt, wore long black coats, slouch hats and were armed to the teeth (5 or 6 guns plus knives, swords and rifles). Although they looked like outlaws, they respected Hays and always obeyed orders and were fearless in battle regardless of how badly outnumbered they were, which was usually the case. Texas owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jack Hays and his men.
John Coffee Hays (his full name) accomplished what the armies of Spain, France, and England failed miserably to do, defeat the Commanches. They were called "Lords of the Plains" and were feared by all the other Indian nations and all the early Texas settlers. At around twenty-three years of age, Jack Hays figured out how to effectively fight the undefeatable Commanches and turned the tide of Texas history. A clean cut, soft spoken young man, he was always in the thick of battle but was miraculously never wounded. He was also known to be an expert marksman. Years later he became both a general surveyor and sheriff in Oakland and San Francisco, California. While sheriff, he was again called on by the U.S Government to fight Indians, this time in California. He died of natural causes.
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