Violence in Lincoln County, 1869-1881
By (author) William Aloysius Keleher
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Violence in Lincoln County, 1869-1881 by William Aloysius Keleher
Book DescriptionLincoln 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. William A. Keleher (1886-1972) observed first hand the changing circumstances of people and places of New Mexico. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he arrived in Albuquerque two years later, with his parents and two older brothers. The older brothers died of diphtheria within a few weeks of their arrival. As an adult, Keleher worked for more than four years as a Morse operator, and later as a reporter on New Mexico newspapers. Bidding a reluctant farewell to newspaper work, Keleher studied law at Washington & Lee University and started practicing law in 1915. He was recognized as a successful attorney, being honored by the New Mexico State Bar as one of the outstanding Attorneys of the Twentieth Century. One quickly observes from his writings, and writings about him, that he lived a fruitful and exemplary life. He is also the author of "Turmoil in New Mexico," "Maxwell Land Grant," "The Fabulous Frontier," and "Memoirs," all from Sunstone Press.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780865346222
Paperback / softback
(232mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Sunstone Press
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William Aloysius Keleher
Memoirs, Episodes in New Mexico History, 1892-1969, Paperback / softback (April 2008)
In this personal narrative, Keleher gives a glimpse behind the scenes of his career not only as a writer but as a lawyer. The pages of this work are full of rich anecdotes and little-known episodes involving such men as Gov. Clyde Tingley, Sen. Bronson Cutting, Elfego Baca, and Sen. Dennis Chavez.
Fabulous Frontier, 1846-1912, Paperback / softback (March 2008)
Recapturing the atmosphere of Territorial days, this 1962 extensively annotated edition of a Southwestern classic focuses on southeastern New Mexico, where "murder was a common offense" and stagecoach robberies were "nothing to get excited about."
Maxwell Land Grant, Paperback / softback (January 2008)
When the United States acquired New Mexico by invasion and conquest, it inherited a land grant problem of considerable magnitude. This problem continued for decades until 1870 when Congress suddenly declined to act at all on any New Mexico grant claim including the 1841 Maxwell Land Grant which embraced almost two million acres.
Turmoil in New Mexico, 1846-1868, Paperback / softback (November 2007)» View all books by William Aloysius Keleher
The vital history of New Mexico and Arizona during the formative years between the American Occupation and the coming of the railroad has been compressed by the author into one volume with hundreds of footnotes and many profiles.
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