The Lincoln County War, A Documentary History (Revised)

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The legend of the Lincoln County War in New Mexico and its most romantic figure, Billy the Kid, holds a special place in the history of the American West. Fueled by greed, propelled by religious and racial prejudice, inflamed by liquor and firearms, the war was a struggle to the death for the economic domination of a region where both sides saw enormous opportunity for acquiring wealth. In the end, neither side won and both suffered tremendous losses, human and financial. John Tunstall, the McSweens, Jimmy Dolan,...
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Overview

The legend of the Lincoln County War in New Mexico and its most romantic figure, Billy the Kid, holds a special place in the history of the American West. Fueled by greed, propelled by religious and racial prejudice, inflamed by liquor and firearms, the war was a struggle to the death for the economic domination of a region where both sides saw enormous opportunity for acquiring wealth. In the end, neither side won and both suffered tremendous losses, human and financial. John Tunstall, the McSweens, Jimmy Dolan, Billy the Kid, the Hispanic townspeople of Lincoln, the outsiders who tried to understand what was happening and restore law and order to the strife-torn territory--all speak out, and Frederick Nolan weaves their stories and opinions together with his own insightful commentary to produce a seamless, immensely readable account enlivened with eighty-three photographs and three maps. Selected by "True West" magazine as one of its Fifty Greatest Western Books of the 20th Century, acknowledged to be the fullest and most carefully researched study of perhaps the most famous feud in the history of the American West, Frederick Nolan's masterwork, "The Lincoln County War, A Documentary History," the result of fifty years of research, is now presented in a new edition which includes an addendum with corrections and additions, together with a new foreword by the author. FREDERICK NOLAN is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on the history of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War and both he and his work on the subject have been garlanded with honors. He has received the Border Regional Library Association of Texas' Award for Literary Excellence, the first France V. Scholes Prize from the Historical Society of New Mexico, and the first J. Evetts Haley Fellowship from the Haley Memorial Library in Midland, Texas. The Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association has presented him with its highest honor, the Glenn Shirley Award, for his lifetime contribution to outlaw-lawman history and The Westerners Foundation has named his "The West of Billy the Kid" one of the 100 most important 20th-century historical works on the American West. In 2007 the National Outlaw-Lawman Association awarded him its prestigious William D. Reynolds Award in recognition of his outstanding research and writing in Western history and in 2008 True West magazine named him "Best Living Non-Fiction Writer." Among his other books about the West are "Bad Blood:The Life and Times of the Horrell Brothers," "The West of Billy the Kid," and "The Life and Death of John Henry Tunstall," the latter from Sunstone Press in a new edition. He lives in England.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
``The Lincoln County War 1878-81 established nothing and proved nothing.'' Thus Nolan renders judgment on a conflict for economic control in New Mexico that attracted international attention. Weaving correspondence, newspaper accounts, and other documents into the fabric of his narrative, he strips away many of the myths that have surrounded the participants, often quoting multiple versions of the same event. Nolan provides a very readable and careful analysis of the conflict, adding significantly to the documentation available and to our knowledge of events, extending and amplifying the account in Maurice Garland Fulton's History of the Lincoln County War (Univ. of Arizona Pr., 1968). An important and reliable account essential for Western history collections and strongly recommended for others.-- Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
Booknews
In this documentary history, Nolan weaves together the stories of participants and eyewitnesses with his own commentary to form a seamless account of the legendary war and its most romantic figure, Billy the Kid. Includes 83 photos of both people and places, three maps, a chronology of events, and biographies of many of the participants. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865347212
  • Publisher: Sunstone Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Pages: 712
  • Sales rank: 537,542
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Beginnings: Billy the Kid 3
2 Alexander McSween Heads West 10
3 The Proving of John Tunstall 20
4 The Rise of the House of Murphy 32
5 The Kid Grows Up 56
6 Lincoln County: The Violent Paradise 60
7 John Tunstall Dreams of Sheep 75
8 Fateful Encounters 87
9 The Factions Align 99
10 Little Wars in Lincoln County 120
11 The Dangerous Summer 135
12 Battle Lines 145
13 The Tribulations of John Tunstall 158
14 Jessie Evans and the Boys 167
15 The Trials of Alexander McSween 177
16 Prelude to Murder 190
17 Murder in the Canyon 199
18 The Factions Polarize 213
19 War: The Revenge of the Regulators 219
20 War: The Assassination of William Brady 233
21 War: The Fight at Blazer's Mill 250
22 War: McSween Ascendant 260
23 War: The Tables Turned Again 275
24 War: McSween Embattled 292
25 War: Collision Course 304
26 War: The Big Killing 322
27 War: The Aftermath 332
28 Anarchy in Lincoln County 343
29 Billy the Kid Takes Over 352
30 Claim and Counterclaim 362
31 The Little War of Huston Chapman 371
32 Lew Wallace Steps In 378
33 Dolan Clears His Name 391
34 The Pursuit of Billy the Kid 402
35 The Kid's Apotheosis 413
36 The Midnight Man 420
37 Finale 427
38 Valedictum 439
1 Biographies 442
2 Chronology 494
3 Account Book Showing Transactions by J. H. Tunstall Using Money Advanced by McSween 521
Notes 527
Bibliography 577
Index 589
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