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Ranger Hall of Fame
The HALL OF FAME is the State designated memorial of the Texas Ranger service, commemorating the service and sacrifices of 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or made significant contributions to development of the service.
A. A. Wallace
1817 - 1899
A. Wallace was born 3 April 1817 in Lexington, Virginia. He was a descendant
of the Scottish Highlanders William Wallace and Robert Bruce. After
learning that a brother and a cousin had been killed in the Goliad Massacre,
Wallace went to Texas to "take pay out of the Mexicans." He
tried farming near La Grange, but soon tired of that occupation. He
found Austin too populated for his tastes and eventually moved to San
He was a member of the Texan Army which fought
General Adrian Woll's invading Mexican army near San Antonio in 1842.
He then volunteered for the Somervell and Mier expeditions. He was a
prisoner in the Perote Prison, surviving the "black bean"
Following his release, Wallace joined the Texas
Rangers under Jack Hays, serving until the outbreak of the Mexican War.
He was a Lieutenant in Capt. R. A. Gillespie's Company of Texas Mounted
Volunteers in the United States Army during the War. He again served
as a Ranger during the 1850s, fighting border bandits as well as Indians.
Wallace's tracking skills were often put to use trailing runaway slaves
trying to get to Mexico. He also drove a mail hack between San Antonio
and El Paso. During the Civil War Wallace stayed in Texas to help protect
the frontier from depredations by Indians, deserters, and Union soldiers.
later years were spent in Frio County, Texas near the small community
of Bigfoot. He died on 7 January 1899 and is buried in the State Cemetery
in Austin, Texas.
Suggestions for further reading:
John C. Duval, The Adventures of Big Foot
, Macon, Georgia, 1870
A. J. Sowell, Life of "Bigfoot"
Stanley Vestal, Bigfoot Wallace,
Vertical Files, Center for American History,
University of Texas, Austin, Texas; Adjutant General's Service Records,