Category Archives: American Southwest

Consequences

A Texas Ranger could ride like a Mexican, track like an Indian, shoot like a Tennessean, and fight like a devil. McMullen County, formed in 1858 from Béxar, Atascosa, and Live Oak counties, sets around 74-miles south of San Antonio.  … Continue reading

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Barney Kemp Riggs

There was a time in America when folks just up and died.  No one knew why … they just did.  No one in the mid-1800s knew much about influenza, cancer, congestive heart failure, or stroke.  And when they died, their … Continue reading

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A Tale of Southwest Texas

Texas was always — and remains today — a place best suited to Texans.  You can visit Texas, of course, and many people do enjoy a family holiday along San Antonio’s River Walk and visiting the Alamo (which looks nothing … Continue reading

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Cowboys in Neckties

Some background The United States is a nation of immigrants.  Between 1580 and 1775, the population of Europeans went from zero to around 3.5 million.  They arrived in waves, of course, and the attitudes toward new arrivals vacillated between enthusiastic welcome and … Continue reading

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The Lee-Peacock Feud

Background On 2 April 1866, the American Civil War had been officially ended for just shy of a year.  At best, however, the war was only almost over — but not quite.  On that date, the Thirty-ninth Congress of the United States … Continue reading

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Tombstone Judge

With three men dead, two wounded, and one slightly injured, one would think that it was one hell of a gunfight.  Well, it was — and it wasn’t.  The fight only lasted around thirty-seconds, but within that short span of … Continue reading

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Legends and Such

The story of David Crockett and Mike Fink Some Background A few weeks ago, at Fix Bayonets, I posted an account of the 8th Marine Regiment following its activation in 1917.  The regiment formed as a contingency for possible service … Continue reading

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The Timely End of Pecos Bob

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” —Aristotle Introduction In terms of geologic time, the American west was settled in the blink of an eye, but in terms of the human experience, which involved much suffering, terror, sorrow, and … Continue reading

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Miss Catherine’s Boys

Some Background Between 1620 and 1775, nearly two-thirds of all European immigrants to the American colonies arrived under indentures.  An indenture is a legal contract between two parties for either labor or an apprenticeship.  An individual interested in indenturing themselves … Continue reading

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Lincoln County War

A story about America’s most corrupt state. Between 1845 and 1850, a devastating fungus destroyed Ireland’s potato crop.  During these years, over a million Irishmen died from starvation and related diseases; twice that number immigrated to other lands, around 500,000 … Continue reading

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