> Larry, the two brothers were participants in a little known conflict called the El Paso Salt War. This event is covered in virtually every survey history of the Texas Rangers. None mention the brothers specifically, but they do explain what the boys went through in December 1877. I highly recommend "Lone Star Justice" by premier Western historian Robert M. Utley, published last May. You can find it at Amazon.com, and Barnes and Nobles website too.
> As I said, they continued to serve in Detachment, Company C of the rangers until May 1878, first under Ranger Lt. John B Tays, and then under his brother, Lt.James A. Tays. Tom was the unit's 1st sergeant [and second in command] from April 1 1878 until resignation May 31 1878. Younger brother Andy was a "2nd Corporal." During this time, the town of Franklin (present day El Paso) and its surrounding countryside was beset by rustlers, who used the borders with New Mexico and Mexico to steal and drive their stolen
goods to safety. Also, the Mescalero Apaches were quite troublesome to residents and the rangers.
> You can find an online article I've written about the unit at the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum website,
> When you get there, scroll down and click on "Texas Ranger Dispatch, Summer Issue No 7. You will see a space for the article, "The Puzzling James A Tays." I wrote this in 2001. Again, the brothers are not mentioned, but if
> I'd known I'd be in contact with you, I sure would have stuck them in there.
> Right now I am writing a history of the El Paso Salt War, and they will be mentioned. One thing I am trying to do is to turn the names into real people. I am attempting to collect information on the participants' backgrounds and their lives before and after the salt war. Until now, I
> have had not much to go on with the Zickefoose brothers. I would appreciate very much anything you can share.
> Paul Cool
> Eldersburg, Maryland
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