A Woman’s Travels with the Texas Rangers
A Woman’s Reminiscences of Six Years in Camp with the Texas Rangersby Mrs. D.W. Roberts [Lou Conway Roberts] (1928) [F391 .R635 1928].
In September of 1875, Luvenia Conway of Columbus, Texas married Daniel Webster Roberts of the Texas Rangers. In A Woman’s Reminiscences of Six Years in Camp with the Texas Rangers, she recounts her experiences traveling and camping with Company D of the Texas Rangers from 1875 to 1882, as well as some of her adventures in New Mexico, where she and her husband later resided.
Captain Roberts’ own account of his life as a Ranger is recorded in Rangers and Sovereignty (1914).
Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie described Lou Conway Roberts as”a sensible and charming woman with a seeing eye”(Jenkins 475) and this “seeing eye” provides the reader with much that is of interest in her account of hunting, fishing, camping, and home-making as a woman on the Texas frontier. Several photographs of Rangers in camp and in the field are also included.
The map below traces several journeys taken by Roberts during her six years with the Rangers. Click on each line and teardrop marker to see her descriptions of Texas towns and Ranger camps in the 1870s.
Route 1 (red) – Roberts’ first journey with her husband after their marriage from Columbus, through Austin, Fredericksburg, and Mason, to Menard, where she joined Company D.
Route 2 (orange) – A trip from the camp at Menard to Austin to collect the Rangers’ quarterly pay.
Route 3 (green) – Robert’s journey from San Antonio, where she boarded while Company D was posted in Laredo, to re-join the Company at their camp near Sabinal.
Route 4 (blue) – Company D’s route from the Camp at Sabinal to their new post near Fort McKavett.
Route 5 (purple) – Company D’s journey from the Camp at Fort McKavett to their new post near Junction City. It was here that Captain Roberts resigned his commission in 1882.
Jenkins, John E. Basic Texas Books. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1983. P. 475.