Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas
Kay Bailey Hutchison
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In Unflinching Courage, former United States Senator and New York Times bestselling author Kay Bailey Hutchison brings to life the incredible stories of the resourceful and brave women who shaped the state of Texas and influenced American history.
A passionate storyteller, Senator Hutchison introduces the mothers and daughters who claimed a stake in the land when it was controlled by Spain, the wives and sisters who valiantly contributed to the Civil War effort, and ranchers and entrepreneurs who have helped Texas thrive.
Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas is a celebration of the strength, bravery, and spirit of these remarkable women and their accomplishments.
fireproof mansion incorporated a riot of architectural styles—Mexican, Moorish, California Mission, Long Island, and Wild Horse Desert. Despite Henrietta’s personal modesty, it was a lavish place, but welcoming, with wide verandas, a patio surrounded by plants, a grand salon decorated with murals, a dining room accommodating fifty guests, Tiffany stained-glass windows, and a marble interior stairway. And yet, splendid though it was, the house welcomed “anyone in boots” as surely as the Kings’
families followed brought them close to their fathers, brothers, and husbands who had volunteered for the Texas army, Dilue Rose thought it was only natural that some of those men joined their families as the twin migrations approached the Trinity River. “I know they have been blamed for this, but what else could they have done?” she asked, adding that the men planned “to see their families across the Sabine River, and then return and fight the Mexicans.” The causes for concern went beyond the
predators. Almost all of the Parker-Plummer land, three grants totaling almost fourteen thousand acres, lay outside the walls of the fort, but four acres were enclosed by a twelve-foot-high palisade, the tops of the stakes sharpened to points, with blockhouses on two of the corners. Inside the walls were six small log cabins, which housed members of the extended Parker family and, on occasion, when danger threatened, neighboring families as well. There were two entrances: a large double gate and
spilling the contents. One evening, after a long day of driving, she jumped down from the wagon when they stopped to make camp, and “the flutter of her gingham dress and the flying sunbonnet strings frightened the cattle into a stampede.” They slept out of doors, under the wagon. Going to bed after one hot day, Molly felt something dripping on her head. It was the bacon; the heat had liquefied the fat. She shampooed her hair in the morning, and the next night they slept with their heads at the
opposite end of the wagon, where the molasses dripped on her hair. Thomas somehow escaped unmolested on both occasions. After returning from Colorado, the Bugbees settled near Larkin Station in western Kansas, where they dug a one-room house into the side of a hill and stretched a buffalo hide across the front opening. To support their ranching operation while they waited for favorable market conditions, they hunted buffalo and sold the hides, which were in great demand. After several years in