fighting_stockDenton County Museums: The 2012 Courthouse-on-Square Lecture Series presents author Richard B. McCaslin.  The presentation will take place Friday, January 20, 2012 from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. in the Commisioners Courtroom of the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum.

Richard B. McCaslin, a professor at the University of North Texas, is the author of Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862 (LSU, 1994), which won the Tullis Prize and an AASLH commendation. He also wrote Lee in the Shadow of Washington (LSU, 2001), which was nominated for a Pulitzer and received the Laney Prize and the Slatten Award. Another of his books, At the Heart of Texas: One Hundred Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897-1997 (TSHA, 2007), earned the Award of Merit from the Texas Philosophical Society. He has also produced A Soldier’s Letters to Charming Nellie (U of TN, 2008) and Fighting Stock: John S. "Rip"Ford in Texas (TCU, 2011). His other works include The Last Stronghold: The Campaign for Fort Fisher (McWhiney Founda- tion, 2003), and three volumes in the Portraits of Conflict series (U of Arkansas)--on South Carolina (1994), North Carolina (1997), and Tennessee (2007), which won the Freeman Award.
Professor McCaslin’s book, Fighting Stock: John S. "Rip" Ford in Texas, recently won the A. M. Pate Jr. Award from the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table, which will be presented January 10.  That means they consider this book to be the best work on the Civil War west of the Mississippi River published in 2011.
John S. "Rip" Ford is perhaps best known for winning the last battle of the Civil War, at Pamito Ranch near Brownsville, more than a month after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox. Those who are interested in the history of the Texas Rangers know him as one of the great antebellum captains, boldly attacking and killing Iron Jacket on the Canadian River in 1858. But Ford also introduced the resolution for Texas to join the United States, fought in the Mexican War, served in two Mexican revolutionary armies, helped run the Union troops out of Texas in 1861, assisted in writing the current state constitution of Texas, and was a well-respected historian after retiring as superintendent of the Deaf & Dumb Asylum in Austin. He was quite a character, and knowing him helps to understand Texas in the nineteenth century.
The lecture is FREE and Open to the Public as well as Handicapped Accessible.
Additional information/directions 940-349-2850.