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Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Regulators of Goliad County

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
1. Regulators of Goliad County Marker
Inscription. When the Civil War ended in April 1865, many Texans returned to find their farms and ranches neglected, their cattle running wild and unbranded. The Federal troops sent to occupy Texas in June 1865 could not control the widespread cattle thieving and general lawlessness of the Reconstruction Period.

Gen. J.J. Reynolds, commander of the Federal forces, appointed Jack Helm special marshal to the Goliad area in June 1868. A former deputy sheriff of DeWitt County, Helm captained a vigilante band of 50 men, mostly local ranchers, known as the Regulators. Based at Middletown (now Weesatche), these volunteers pursued criminals with vigor and often with cruelty. They ordered known and suspected lawbreakers to leave the state within 10 days. Those who defied the warning were shot without benefit of trial. In 1870 Helm was appointed by Gov. E.J. Davis to the newly formed state police force but was soon discharged for his ruthlessness.

The activities of the Regulators and of the Texas Rangers, reorganized under Gov. Richard Coke in 1874, did much to restore order in this area. By 1876, most of the violators had left, and the regulators were able to devote their time to ranching and farming.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4236.)
 
Location.
Regulators of Goliad County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
2. Regulators of Goliad County Marker
Marker is located otherside of handicap sign. Don Rafael Antonio Manchola Marker is in the foreground.
28° 39.956′ N, 97° 23.489′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is on South Market Street south of North Courthouse Square, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goliad TX 77963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Don Rafael Antonio Manchola (a few steps from this marker); Goliad Tornado of 1902 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hanging Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Anna's Surrender Ratified (within shouting distance of this marker); Goliad (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora del Espiritu Santo de Zúñiga (approx. 0.7 miles away); Presidio de Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía (approx. 1.3 miles away); Manuel Becerra (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goliad.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 777 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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