Shenanigans in Texas: the Regulator-Moderator War, 1839-1844

Shenanigans in Texas: the Regulator-Moderator War, 1839-1844

 Also called the Shelby County War, the first major battle to pit Texan against Texan erupted in in the eastern part of the newly minted republic. The whole thing started with a land dispute between a rancher and the local sheriff. The sheriff called for help from the leader of a lynch-happy anti-rustling vigilante bunch known as the Regulators, and the rancher soon thereafter shook hands with Saint Peter. The Moderators, a group of anti-vigilante vigilantes who called the Regulators terrorists, jumped into the fray, and before anyone knew what was up, a judge, a sheriff, and a senator died and homes burned in four counties. After a gun battle during which 225 Moderators attacked 62 Regulators near Shelbyville, Sam Houston himself rode in with the militia and suggested both groups shake hands and go on about their business before he lost his temper.

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