Lawmen Who Died With Their Boots On

Johnny Manning..was on the train with Hal Gosling and shot it out toe-to-toe with two escaping prisoners.

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Bad Hand–A Politically Incorrect Indian

Bad Hand, a Seminole Indian, makes his living in very modern ways, explaining 19th century Plains Indians, modeling, performing stunts in movies, training extras to act like Indian warriors and making crafts.

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Robert Utley Talks Billy, Custer and Sitting Bull

Was Custer really unfaithful to Libbie and was he unfaithful with an Indian
woman?
I believe, and so contended in my biography of Custer, that he was sleeping with the Cheyenne Monaseeta while in camp after the Washita fight, Utley said.

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The Perils of Being a Mail Order Bride–or the Customer

Men and women primarily advertised for a spouses in a newspaper called “Matrimonial News.” There were old maids and some not-so-pretty ladies who seized the opportunity to find a husband by placing an ad.

Likewise, there were male spinsters and homely gentlemen who wanted a wife and employed such methods to find someone who wanted to marry them.

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Indians, Cavalry, Custer and Sand Creek

“These Indians held seven white captives, which they admitted they had in their letter asking for peace.
Soldiers tried to procure all of the (captives), but were only given four, possibly a hedging by the Indians who figured it was not a good idea to give up all their bargaining chips.”

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Big Wayne Dundee Hits Amazon Pay Dirt With Westerns

I reached a point where I decided I would quit being dissatisfied with the way others were handling my work and take a shot at doing it the way I thought it should be done.

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William the Conqueror’s Texas Christmas–A Short Story

The father of a Texas pioneer family dies shortly before Christmas, forcing the wife and two sons out on their own.

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Why We Write About the Old West

  Writers who write about the Old West are a different breed. A majority of readers love romances, mysteries and/or thrillers, fantasy, horror, and a host of others. In comparison, historical novels about the West (or Westerns) are not that popular. Yet, we keep writing about Tucson and Tucumcari, Deadwood and Dodge, Indian fights and gunfights.…

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Paulette Jiles Sings A Mountain Song

  Readers, I love and admire Enemy Women, the 2002 novel by Paulette Jiles. Ms. Jiles has written books of poetry, a memoir (Cousins) and three other novels, but Enemy Women is my favorite.   It’s about a young woman, Adair Colley, who lives in the Missouri Ozarks during the Civil War, and the events which…

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Ron Scheer: HOW THE WEST WAS WRITTEN

This is “How The West was Written,” said author Ron Scheer, from violent to free from rigid Eastern social structures and crowded living conditions, to egalitarian, with a democratic spirit which allowed a degree of social mixing frowned on elsewhere.

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