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A Guide to the William Banta and John Wesley Cadwell, Jr. Narrative, 1893
William Banta, 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.
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 and John Wesley Cadwell, Jr. Narrative, 1893, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.