“The Whirlwind” rid Rio Grande of raiders

Texas History

By Bartee Haile

Board rooms resembIn a joint resolution on Apr. 11, 1882, the Texas legislature praised Lt. John Lapham Bullis for his heroic service “in behalf of the people of the frontier of this State, in repelling the depredations of Indians and other enemies of the frontier of Texas.”

Bullis was born and raised in western New York not far from the shores of Lake Ontario. His Quaker upbringing in that serene setting did not prepare him for the Civil War or years of fighting raiders along the Rio Grande.



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