Twenty-Seven Years on the Texas Frontier by by Capt. William Banta and J.W. Cadwell Jr. Re-written and revised by L.G. Park. Privately Printed, Council Hill Oklahoma. (1933). 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" (9) + 227 pages Paperback. Clear tape over an abrasion on the bottom of the spine. Light creases on the corners of the front cover. Wrinkling next to the bottom of the spine on the back cover. A couple of light creases from the top to the bottom of the back cover. The corners of the book are lightly bumped. Erasure marks on the top corner of the first page. Paper is lightly tanned with no effect on paper flexibility. No other previous owner markings. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. sIG30a
"Biographical and general historical narrative by Banta (b. 1827) and Cadwell concerns the lives of Banta and John Wesley Cadwell, Sr. (1824-1888), and their service in the Texas Rangers. It was published in 1893 as Twenty-Seven Years on the Frontier, or Fifty Years in Texas.
William Banta (1827-1897), Indian fighter, Civil War soldier, and autobiographer, was born in Warrick County, Indiana, on June 23, 1827, the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Barker) Banta. Banta organized and commanded the first company of minutemen in Burnet County and participated in nearly every engagement against Indians in the region throughout the 1850s. He saw service on the Texas frontier during the Civil War as lieutenant, then captain, of Company A of the Frontier Regiment. With J. W. Caldwell he wrote an account of his life in Texas, Twenty-Seven Years on the Texas Frontier , published in 1893." - txarchives.org
"My mother, Kitty (Banta Park), is the fifth daughter of Captain William Banta's family of 14 children. From childhood, having read his book again and again, with absorbing interest, and realizing its value as a historical document of the grand old state of Texas, the place of my birth, I decided to undertake this work. I have obtained some valuable facts since the book was first published, together with an old photo, which has been inserted into this issue. At present, I know of only one complete copy of this book in print. This is in possession of my brother, C.H. Park, Lubbock, Texas; and through his courtesy I have been able to make a complete manuscript." - from the preface