Captain Ira Long, Texas Ranger

Sand Hill Cemetery, CR 4226, South of Decatur, Texas

From Decatur, take US 81/287 south about 3 miles to CR 4227 south about .5 mile, turn west onto CR 4226, and drive about .5 mile to Sand Hill Cemetery -grave is at center of cemetery. Grave Marker

Dedicated and courageous. Born in Indiana; reared in Missouri. Wounded twice in Confederate service during the Civil War. On reorganization of Texas Rangers, 1874, was commissioned first lieutenant; promoted 1875 to captain, Company A, official escort of Major John B. Jones, Commander of Ranger Force. Did outstanding duty against Indians and outlaws, and in quieting such feuds as Mason County War. Served for six years.