Wild West – June 2013 – Table of Contents

3/31/2013 • Butch Cassidy, Outlaws, Wild West TOC

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Desperate Flight From the Little Bighorn
By John Koster
A few of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s troopers fled from the fierce fighting. Most didn’t get far, but one arguably got away not to fight another day

Faces of the Big Bend: Texas’ Last Frontier
By Steve Mauro
Photographer W.D. Smithers documented the hardworking Texans and Mexicans who made a go of it in southwest Texas’ inhospitable border country

Everything You Know About the Indian Wars Is Wrong
By Gregory Michno
The public conception of many aspects of those wars is incorrect. Did you know the Snake War and Dakota War each exceeded the casualty total of the Great Sioux War?

Gunfights of the Arizona Rangers
By Bill O’Neal
Modeled after the Texas Rangers, this special force of lawmen battled outlawry at the dawn of the 20th century in still wild Arizona Territory

New Mexican Standoff: Regulars Vs. the Militia
By Sherry Robinson
During the search for Geronimo in 1885, Colonel F.A. Blake of the New Mexico Militia had a spat with 8th U.S. Cavalry Captain O.B. Boyd



Editor’s Letter


NEW! Weider Reader
Excerpts from recent articles in other World History Group titles

The Top 10 Custer flubs made by author Larry McMurtry, a quote about Custer from Brig. Gen. Alfred Terry, plus a wide range of news and events related to the Wild West

By Johnny D. Boggs
Author Mark T. Smokov argues that historians have falsely portrayed Harvey Logan (aka “Kid Curry”) as a cold-blooded killer and only a minor member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch

A Leadville prospector stands by his loaded burro

Gunfighters and Lawmen
By R.K. DeArment
The very real Mart Duggan is not to be confused with the fictional Matt Dillon, though both were marshals who rode herd on famed Western towns

Pioneers and Settlers
By John Koster
Newspaperman Marcus Henry Kellogg finally got his big break in the summer of 1876 when George Custer allowed him to accompany the 7th U.S. Cavalry in the field

Art of the West
By Johnny D. Boggs
New Mexican artist Kim Wiggins uses bold curves and vibrant colors to tackle the Little Bighorn

Indian Life
By John Koster
Among the 150 Crow warriors with Brig. Gen. George Crook at the Battle of the Rosebud was The Other Magpie, a “wild” woman who sought vengeance against the Lakotas

Western Enterprise
By Wally McLane
The ranch built by Johnny Grant and greatly expanded by Conrad Kohrs is now a National Historic Site in Montana

Ghost Towns
By Carolyn Thomas and Steve Mauro
The old mining town of Burke, Idaho, was the site of labor unrest and deadly avalanches

By Linda Wommack
The Pioneer Museum in Bozeman, Montana, fittingly honors pioneer John Bozeman, who founded a trail and soon after a town

Guns of the West
By Donald W. Moore
Bugler John Martin’s Springfield carbine may be the most historically significant weapon traced to the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Author John Koster considers Custer’s Last Stand in print and on-screen, plus reviews of recent books and the Oscar-nominated Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained

Go West!
Cheyenne Frontier Days takes the bull—er, make that steer—by the horns

On the Cover: A detail from Edgar Samuel Paxson’s 1899 oil painting Custer’s Last Stand (presented above in its entirety), which depicts Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s doomed command, with the buckskin-clad Custer still heroically standing despite a wound. (Image: Private Collection)


Discussion: It is common knowledge that Lt. Col. George Custer and all the men of his immediate command perished during the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Still, some people, uncommon or not, believe there was a survivor, most likely one named Frank Finkel. Do you agree, disagree or straddle the Last Stand fence?

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Interview With John Koster
The author of the 2010 book Custer Survivor: The End of a Myth, the Beginning of a Legend (History Publishing Co., Palisades, N.Y.) sticks to his Last Stand guns

Misconceptions About Fetterman
In “The Falsehoods of Fetterman’s Fight,” John H. Monnett challenges some of our notions about Captain William Judd Fetterman and the decimation of his command


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