‘Rip’ Ford

John S. "Rip" Ford is famous for his days as a Texas Ranger and as an officer in the Confederate Army, commanding Texas forces in the last engagement of the Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Ranch. But Ford also was a doctor, lawyer, editor, author, state legislator and civic leader who in later life fought to preserve Texas history.
In Fighting Stock: John S. "Rip" Ford (Texas Christian University Press), history professor Richard B. McCaslin focuses on Ford as a man spurred on by the legacy of his grandfathers and his convictions to become a force in shaping Texas as a Southern state before and after the Civil War. McCaslin's previous work includes Lee in the Shadow of Washington (LSU), which was nominated for a Pulitzer.