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Texas Ranger Jack Coffee Hays circa 1857.For most of his life, the first great Texas Ranger captain, Jack Coffee Hays, carried the nickname “Bravo Too Much.” Its origin traces back to a battle in July of 1841, when Hays led a contingent of four dozen men into the thick oaks and braided streams of the Rio Frio, about a hundred miles west of San Antonio. It was a revenge mission: a few weeks earlier, Hays had lost five men in a battle with Comanche warriors, and now he was out for blood. When he spotted a group of Comanche hunters, Hays gave chase as the hunters fled back to their encampment. The story goes that, seeing Rangers approach, one hundred Comanche warriors took to horseback to defend the women and children.…

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