Violence in Lincoln County, 1869-1881: Facsimile of 1957 Edition (Southwest Heritage) (Paperback)

Violence in Lincoln County, 1869-1881: Facsimile of 1957 Edition (Southwest Heritage) By William Aloysius Keleher Cover Image
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Lincoln County, New Mexico was once one of the largest counties in the United States and was the setting for a famous feud which lit up the horizon of history. Here between 1869 and 1881 were all the explosive ingredients for violence. On one side of the county was the Mescalero Apache reservation. A day away was an Army fort to keep the Indians "subdued." Along the Pecos River were hundreds of thousands of acres of public land, much of it claimed by settlers with deeds of "Squatters' Rights." Conflicts over land, politics, cattle and money, sparked by the tempers of young men fueled with six-shooters and cheap whiskey, set fire to the whole tinderbox. What became known as The Lincoln County War began over a dispute for the insurance money of Emil Fritz. It flared when the killing of John H. Tunstall became an international incident and started a chain reaction of murders. The Battle of Blazer's Mill presaged the four sultry days in July when Colonel N. A. M. Dudley marched U.S. troops into Lincoln and sided with the Dolan-Riley contingent against the McSween faction. This, along with the crack of Pat Garrett's pistol which ended the life of Billy the Kid, signaled the end of the outlaw heyday. Lew Wallace, governor of New Mexico (and author of Ben Hur), then wrote to Washington: "It gives me pleasure to report New Mexico in a state of quiet," thus bringing to a close a conflagration without parallel in the American West. Long out of print, the book is available once again with a new foreword by Marc Simmons and preface by Michael L. Keleher, William A. Keleher's son.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780865346222
ISBN-10: 0865346224
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Publication Date: December 15th, 2007
Pages: 440
Language: English
Series: Southwest Heritage