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Mexican Rurales Posse for Legends of the Old West

June 25, 2010

Some scribbling here posted to Scribd.

Mexican Rurales -- Rangers, Lawmen, and all around tough hombres!

The “Rurales,” or state police, were founded by Mexico in the 1840’s to patrol the Mexican frontier and countryside. They acquired the reputation of being fierce fighters and lawmen, akin to the famed Texas Rangers, and served as light cavalry and scouts in both the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the Maximilian Intervention (1863-1867). They were reorganized in 1885 by President Porfirio Diaz as a loyal internal security force under the command of the hard-as-nails Emilio Kosterlistzky, a German/Russian émigré known as the “Mexican Cossack.” The officers of the Rurales were a hand-picked  elite known for their experience and skill, while a number of the enlisted men were picked from some of the worst scum in Mexico – killers and thieves one step from a hanging, a real life “Dirty Dozen.” New recruits were issued with a light grey undress uniform and a large grey sombrero unless, according to stories, they had been serving a murder sentence, in which case they were given a black sombrero.