Frank "Shane" McLean joined Company "A" the Prairie Rovers in 1861.  Terry's Texas Rangers were one of the most distinguished and feared cavalry regiments in the Civil War.  The Texas Eighth was the only cavalry regiment to defeat an infantry army...and they did it twice.

 Texas Eighth Cavalry flag. 1861

Republic of Texas flag, 1861

Terry's Texas Ranger flag, 1861

Tin Texas Stars,1861

Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry (1821-1861)

Commander and namesake of the Terry's Texas Rangers

Colonel Terry died in the Rangers first battle near Woodsonville, Kentucky, 1861

General John Austin Wharton (1828-1865)

Commander of Texas Eighth Cavalry in the wake of Colonel B.F. Terry's death.

Frank "Shane" McLean saved Wharton's life at the Battle of Shiloh,1862

Brigadier General Thomas Harrison (1823-1891)

Namesake of the Harrison Rangers

Frank "Shane" McLean joined the Harrison Rangers in Cameron, Texas. The Jimtown Major was a member of Waco Masonic Lodge 92 and served as Shane McLean's sponser in the secret society

Random photo of a flamboyant Texas Ranger.  Love his leopard-skin chaps!

Random picture of a Terry's Texas Ranger, 1861

Governor Sam Houston (1793-1863)

The Raven and his Freemason conspiritors hired bounty hunter to murder Shane McLean's father in Austin, Texas

Senator James Lane (1814-1866)

The Grim Chiefton sent his hit squard to murder Shane's father in Austin, Texas 

Freemason square and compass

Grand Lodge of Texas, Waco

Scottish Rite Temple in Waco, Texas

                          W.W. Downs Building, 1860

       Waco Masonic Lodge #92 was located on the third floor

General Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1862)

Shane's father and Johnston served under Sam Houston during the Texas Revolution.  Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed Johnston commander of the Western Department.  He was the highest ranking officer killed during the war.  

Shane scouted for Johnston in the days preceeding the Battle of Shiloh, 1862

Wilmer McLean (1814-1882)

Frank "Shane" McLean's bloodlines rise from the Scottish Highlands flow to the fertile Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and go west to the high plains of Texas

According to folklore, Wilmer McLean claimed the Civil War started in his front yard and ended in his parlor 

Random photo of a Terry's Texas Ranger, 1861

Random photo of a Terry's Texas Ranger, 1861

A very tall Confederate soldier

                    Captain William Quantrill (1837-1865)

      Shane rode with the Quantrill Raiders while hunting down the         gang of Jayhawkers responisble for his father's murder

William T. Bloody Bill Anderson (1840-1864)

Shane saved Bloody Bill's life and attended his wedding in Sherman, Texas

Shane took part in the Centrilia Massacre

Jesse James (1847-1882)

Jesse and his brother Frank served in the McLean Gang during the war

Following the war, Shane McLean turned over leadership to Jesse and a the infamous James-Younger Gang took life

Shane robbed banks and trains with the James Gang for a decade

Texas Eighth Cavalry - Terry's Texas Rangers

Shane McLean was awarded his Texas Star by General Wharton

Current view from the top of Lovers Leap in Waco, Texas.

Frank "Shane" McLean got crossways with the infamous Booth Gang at the confluence of the Bosque and Brazos Rivers.   

1857 Double-Pen cabin, Comanche, Texas

Frank "Shane" McLean grew up in a cabin similar to this in McLeannan County Texas in the 1850's

Town Square, Waco, Texas, circa 1860

Frank "Shane" McLean defeated two of Colonel Dalrymple's Texas Rangers in the Heart of Texas Shooting Contest.