By Robert K. DeArment

Wyatt Earp, Billy the child, document Holliday-such are the mythical names that are evoked once we give some thought to the western gunfighter. yet within the American West of the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, millions of grassroots gunfighters straddled each side of the legislations with out hesitation. Deadly Dozen tells the tale of twelve notorious gunfighters, feared of their personal occasions yet virtually forgotten this present day. Now, famous historian Robert ok. DeArment has compiled the tales of those vague males. DeArment, a life-long pupil of legislations and lawlessness within the West, has combed courtroom files, frontier newspapers, and different references to craft twelve whole biographical pix. The mixed tales of Deadly Dozen provide a radical investigate the lives of enforcing figures who of their personal methods formed the mythical previous West. greater than a collective biography of harmful gunfighters, Deadly Dozen additionally capabilities as a social heritage of the gunfighter tradition of the post-Civil struggle frontier West. As Walter Noble Burns did for Billy the child in 1926 and Stuart N. Lake for Wyatt Earp in 1931, DeArment-himself a skilled author- brings those figures from the previous West to lifestyles. John Bull, Pat Desmond, Mart Duggan, Milt Yarberry, Dan Tucker, George Goodell, invoice Standifer, Charley Perry, Barney Riggs, Dan Bogan, Dave Kemp, and Jeff Kidder are the twelve harmful males that Robert okay. DeArment stories in Deadly Dozen: Twelve Forgotten Gunfighters of the outdated West.

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Rio Grande officials obtained a writ from Judge T. M. Bowen of the Fourth Judicial District at Alamosa ordering the Santa Fe men to vacate the Rio Grande property and authorizing county lawmen to enforce the order. Armed with the writ, Sheriff Price at Pueblo directed Deputy Pat Desmond, his chief fighting man, to take action. On June 11 Desmond and a force of fifty, armed with rifles and fixed bayonets supplied by the Rio Grande, lay siege to the roundhouse. Desmond personally led an assault on the telegraph office and broke down the door with the butt of his rifle.

Desmond’s name appeared regularly as a defendant on the district court dockets. )33 The former marshal published a “card” in R. M. Stevenson’s more sympathetic Chieftain denying he and others had mounted a threatening or intimidating attack on the Republican offices. ” The two friends accompanying him, he said, weighed less than 120 pound each. “If a republican newspaper outfit can be ‘bulldozed’ by such . . 34 More than anger at his dismissal set the former marshal off on his drunken binges.

His problems began on February 11 when he and a fellow lawman engaged in a shooting exchange that certainly ranks as one of the strangest gunfights in Western annals. Responding to a complaint by a party of black men and women that they had been abused by an officer near the Union Depot, Desmond returned with the group to the station. There the officer on duty, Patrolman John T. (“Jack”) O’Connor, was pointed out as the offender. Desmond saw that his subordinate had been drinking and gave him an angry dressing-down.

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