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The Family History Files of Dalton Ray Phillips






I don't claim to be an artist but I do like to draw. I do a lot of it now that I am retired. I am pretty much home bound and drawing is relaxing for me. I do all of my drawing with a mechanical pencil loaded with 2B leads. PLAIN AND SIMPLE - THAT IS MY WAY. 

At last count, I had almost 400 sketches stashed away in my digital achieves. Some good, some bad, most about average

- all done by me. I typically turn out 2 or 3 new sketches every day. 

I will refresh this page often with new drawings.


If you have comments, suggestions or criticism just send me an email.


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Texas Ranger Captain Rip Ford and U.S. Army Colonel Robert E. Lee in Texas, about 1850. Lee was sent to Texas to gather facts for Congress about a claim submitted by Texas, asking for Federal military assistance in controlling the border with Mexico. Ford was assigned by the Governor of Texas to escort Lee during the visit  
Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston. Killed at the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee in April of 1862.  
James Hughes Callahan, my great great grandfather, about 1852. He was a fronter Texas Ranger Captain. There is no actual photograph of him so no one knows for sure what he looked like. I have made several sketches of him and this is the one I keep going back to. He survived the Goliad Massacre by a quirk of fate.


CALLAHAN JUSTICE: Callahan's way of dealing with the outlaws and bandits - most of them Mexicans - was to order them shot by a firing squad as soon as possible after they were captured. Typically, they dug themselves a shallow grave, stood at the foot of it and were shot by the firing squad. After they toppled back into their open graves, they were covered by a little dirt and a few rocks. Simple but effective. There was not a problem with jail overcrowding back then.  
Bigfoot Wallace, young. William A. A. "Bigfoot" Wallace was a prominent character in Texas history. He came out of Virginia as a young man and arrived in Texas after it became a Republic. In the late 1830's and 1840's, he was involved in just about every fracas that came up in Texas. Despite many close calls, he lived a full life  
Bigfoot Wallace, middle aged.  
Bigfoot Wallace, old.  
Davy Crockett  
Deaf Smith. Featured as one of the main characters in a recent movie about early Texas, Erastus "Deaf" Smith was a true hero of the Texian Revolution.  
Ben McCulloch, bearded. Ben McCulloch was an Indian Fighter, Texas Ranger, politician and Brigidier General in the Confederate Army. A dashing and flamboyant leader, he often wore fashionable civilian attire into battle  as a Confederate General.  He was killed at the Battle Of Pea Ridge in Benton County, Arkansas, March 7, 1862.  
Ben McCulloch. clean shaven. He alternated between different styles of facial hair and was often clean shaven, as shown here.  

Henry McCulloch, Indian Fighter, Texas Ranger, politician, lawman, soldier. He was not as charismatic as his older brother Ben, he was not a showman. He accepted a commission as a Brigidier General in the Confederate Army in 1861.  He commanded the First Texas Mounted Rifles. He performed very well as a military commander. He was a strict disciplinarian and would not tolerate unsoldierly conduct. He was a stickler for detail when training his cavalry troops and they were able to excute complicated maneuvers with ease.  He later experienced problems with managing other business enterprises as a civilian.

John Gordon "Jack" Hays  
James "Jim" Bowie  
Quannah Parker


John Salmon "Rip" Ford, 1851. Texas Ranger Captain.  
John Salmon "Rip" Ford, 1863. Confederate Brigadier General.  
Sam Houston 1840


Sam Houston 1860  
Sam Houston 1861  
Three lieutenant colonels at the Alamo: Bowie, Crocket and Travis.  
William Barrett Travis  
Lieutenant Colonel James Clinton Neill. He was my great great great grandfather. There is a great deal of controversy about him and the Alamo. He commanded the Alamo until shortly before it came under siege by the Mexicans. Some say he abandoned the Alamo to save his hide. His official reason for taking a leave of absence was to be with a very sick relative. He left William Barrett Travis in command of the Alamo during his absence. Jim Bowie was also there but was suffering from a serious sickness, probably consumption. He was also known to be  a hard drinking man. Both Travis and Bowie held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Texian Army but I do not know the details about how they attained it. David "Davy" Crockett showed up there with his Tennessee volunteers. He was also a LT COL in the Texian Army. We now had four Lieutenant Colonels in the mix, for only one command. There was sure to be some squabbling over who was in charge. There was only one true commander of the Alamo and that was Neill. There was constant arguing between Travis and Bowie. It got so bad that Neill made a whirlwind trip back there to straighten things out. He dictated that the command of the Alamo would be shared, which I believe was unwise. We know what happened at the Alamo. James Clinton Neill was judged to be a coward by many but his wife died shortly before the Alamo fell. I believe he took the leave of absence to be at her bedside. He was supposedly on his way back with some direly needed supplies when he was told about the Alamo falling. He detoured and joined up with the main Texian Army led by Sam Houston. He was at the Battle of San Jacinto, where he directed the artillery until he was wounded.  
LT COL. James Walker Fannin  



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