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AUCTION 22

 

Albumen Photo of Texas Ranger Ira Long


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529.     [TEXAS RANGERS]. [LONG, IRA]. Unattributed bust portrait of Texas Ranger Ira Long in later years with large mustache, wearing a suit, vest, polka-dot tie, and watch fob. [N.p., ca. 1900?]. Albumen print (14.1 x 9.8 cm) mounted on dark brown card (14.5 x l0.1 cm), faint contemporary pencil notes on verso of card reading in part: “Lieut. Ira Long Return to Hobart Long, Junction, Tex 2027.” N.p., n.d. Image in fine condition, slight chipping to edges of card, remains of old paper mount on verso

     Texas Ranger Ira Long (1842-1913), cowboy, stockman, and Confederate soldier, joined the Texas Rangers in 1872, advancing to Captain of Company A. He participated in several fights against Native Americans, including the last such fight in Jack County in Big Lost Valley in 1875, a bloody, brutal encounter that resulted from rustling on the Loving Ranch and in which Long was nearly killed. Supposedly, the heads of the massacred warriors were sent to Washington, D.C. Only one warrior survived. Ranger Long’s participation in the Big Lost Valley engagement is discussed and illustrated by Walter Prescott Webb, The Texas Rangers (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1935, pp. 317-318). Long also was engaged in subduing the Mason County War. He captured a number of outlaws, notably Sam Hare, before he left the Ranger service in 1880.

($750-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $900.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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