Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West / Edition 1
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Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West / Edition 1

by Dale L. Walker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312868480

ISBN-13: 9780312868482

Pub. Date: 11/15/1998

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

"All of history is mystery," Dale L. Walker says, and he proves his point in this lively, humorous--and rational--approach to the West's greatest puzzles. Did Davy Crockett, for example, go down swinging Ol' Betsy, defending the ramparts of the Alamo--or was he captured? Who is buried in Jesse James's grave? Was the man Pat Garrett shot that night really Billy the

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"All of history is mystery," Dale L. Walker says, and he proves his point in this lively, humorous--and rational--approach to the West's greatest puzzles. Did Davy Crockett, for example, go down swinging Ol' Betsy, defending the ramparts of the Alamo--or was he captured? Who is buried in Jesse James's grave? Was the man Pat Garrett shot that night really Billy the Kid? How did Black Bart, "the gentleman bandit," disappear? Did Sacajawea, the famous "Bird Woman" who scouted for Lewis and Clark, die twice? The possibilities unfold as Walker brings together little-known facts and the elusive connections that shed light on the biggest enigmas of the American West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312868482
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/15/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
785,451
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Jakes
Introduction

A LEGEND
1. The Day Davy Died
-A Rendezvous at the Alamo

OTHER DEATHS IN DISPUTE
2. Incident at Grinder's Stand
-The Last Night of Meriwether Lewis
3. The Life and Deaths of Sacajawea
-The Bird Woman in 1812 and 1884
4. The Man Who Would be Jesse James
-J. Frank Dalton vs. DNA
5. "I'm Billy the Kid"
-The Case of "Brushy Bill" Roberts

DISAPPEARANCES
6. Bandit Laureate of the Mother Lode
-A Tentative Good-bye to Black Bart
7. The Mad Hatter and the Assassin
-Boston Corbett and John Wilkes Booth
8. The Old Gringo's Last Laugh
-Ambrose Bierce in Mexico

CALAMITIES
9. "Do Your Duty!"
-The Massacre at Mountain Meadows
10. An Afternoon on the Greasy Grass
-Custer and the Little Bighorn

THE BURIED TREASURE
11. A Waltz in the Superstitions
-The Lost Dutchman Mine

A LEGEND
12. The Fall of Tashunke Witko
-Crazy Horse Betrayed

Epilogue
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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