Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter [NOOK Book]

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On November 20th, 1903, the cowboy Tom Horn was hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the murder of a fourteen-year-old boy. His trial was almost certainly influenced by sensationalistic “Yellow” journalism and the bitter cattle range wars of the day, and remains controversial even now. Horn had been many things – runaway farm boy, mule skinner, miner, rodeo champion, Pinkerton detective – but his greatest fame had been as a US Army scout and Indian...
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Overview

On November 20th, 1903, the cowboy Tom Horn was hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the murder of a fourteen-year-old boy. His trial was almost certainly influenced by sensationalistic “Yellow” journalism and the bitter cattle range wars of the day, and remains controversial even now. Horn had been many things – runaway farm boy, mule skinner, miner, rodeo champion, Pinkerton detective – but his greatest fame had been as a US Army scout and Indian interpreter in the Apache wars.

In this autobiography, written while he was in prison and published after his death, Horn describes his many exploits during that period. He provides a compelling firsthand account of cowboy life on the southwest frontier, of the complex and often violent relationship between Americans, Mexicans, and Apache Indians, and of celebrated characters such as Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and Al Sieber. This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and 12 photographs and illustrations from the first edition.

Table of Contents:
 • I. Horn’s Boyhood.
 • II. Horn Becomes Mail and Stage Driver.
 • III. Horn Begins Life Among the Apaches.
 • IV. Major Chaffee and First Military Indian Agency.
 • V. Geronimo in the Height of His Power.
 • VI. “Happy to Meet You in Battle as Well as in Council!”
 • VII. Horn’s Knowledge of Apache Language Saves the Command.
 • VIII. Forty Soldiers and Twenty-five Scouts Against Three Hundred Chiricahua Braves.
 • IX. A Daylight Surprise – “And the Fight Was On!”
 • X. “This Is a Trap, Men Will Leave This Post Who Will Never Return Alive.”
 • XI. The Fort Fired Upon, “This Means War.”
 • XII. Border Justice to Horse-Thieves Dealt Under Horn’s Directions.
 • XIII. Sieber and Horn, “An Armed Force,” Invade Mexico.
 • XIV. Indian Troubles Begin in Earnest.
 • XV. Etiquette of an Indian Council.
 • XVI. Horn Becomes Chief of Scouts to Succeed Sieber.
 • XVII. The Five Minutes’ Fight, Not a Foe to Tell the Story!
 • XVIII. Geronimo and the Entire Tribe Break Out Again.
 • XIX. The Language of a Cold Trail.
 • XX. Attack Upon Geronimo’s Camp.
 • XXI. Unwarranted Attack by Mexicans Under Corredor.
 • XXII. Horn Returns to Mining.
 • XXIII. Horn Goes to Denver to Work for Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
 • Supplementary Articles
 • Letters
 • Miss Kimmell’s Statement
 • “Life’s Railway to Heaven”
 • Statement by Al Sieber
 • Closing Words by J. C. Coble
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014566087
  • Publisher: Tales End Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 169,230
  • File size: 762 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Great read...Tom Horn was an interesting sign of those western times.

    Through a pleasing writing style Tom Horn relates the reader to the true nature of the old west and this book quickly informs the reader of America's growing pains. All readers will enjoy this hidden treasure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Hero

    A very good and sad stoty about a hero of the old west . And old book but woth the time .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    This is absolutely amazing!

    This book is hard to put down. If you love history, or you are curious of how life really was in the 1880's, you must read this book. If your idea of what frontier life was like based on Hollywood, you will be surprised at how far off that depiction is. Hollywood does not do it justice nor does it accurately describe the moral character of those at the time, including it's outlaws. This book is more interesting than any movie. It is an autobiogragphy of the author's life written without editing for spelling or grammar. He considered himself uneducated, but I assure you that he has more impressive writing skills than many people do today. His writing alone is an indictment of our present education system.

    He was personally involved with several well known historical figures of the time including Geronimo, General Crook, General Miles, and other Apache chiefs. He relates his life experiences in a humble and matter of fact way that leaves you no doubt of the honesty of his story.

    Spoiler Alert-Tom Horn, a movie made in the 1970's, is not as good as this book (but movies rarely are). This book was written while Mr. Horn was in jail awaiting trial for murder that he did not commit. He was falsely accused and eventually hanged during the Wyoming range war era. The unbelievable corruption of the cattle barons resulted in his being (badly) framed for the crime. Read it and decide for yourself.

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