“SHOWDOWN AT BLAZER’S MILL”

BUCKSHOT ROBERTS

— BUCKSHOT ROBERTS’ LAST STAND — Buffalo hunter Andrew L. “Buckshot” Roberts rode his mule into Blazer’s Mill in Lincoln County, New Mexico, on a Thursday afternoon and made his way to the post office to pick up a check for the sale of his ranch.

Earlier the same day,  a heavily armed band of gunmen known as Regulators arrived in town and stopped to eat at a local restaurant.

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“THE REGULATOR”

JOSIAH "DOC" SCURLOCK

— A DANGEROUS LIFE — The two men playing cards in a Mexico saloon spent most of the game trading angry remarks until the tension got so thick they stood up, kicked their chairs back, and went for their guns.

One man fired first. The bullet shattered the two front teeth of 20-year old Josiah “Doc” Scurlock, went through his mouth, and came out the back of his neck—but caused no […]

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THE LETTERS OF WILLIAM BONNEY

THE GOVERNOR & THE KID

— BILLY THE KID’S ATTEMPT TO SEEK AMNESTY FAILED — New Mexico Territory Governor Lew Wallace adjusted his glasses and read yet another letter from William H. Bonney, the third one from the outlaw since his confinement in the Santa Fe jail.

The March 4, 1881, letter arrived two days after the previous one. An earlier one, dated January 1, 1881, simply read: “Dear Sir, I would like to see you for […]

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“THE KILLING OF JOHN TUNSTALL”

JOHN TUNSTALL, RANCHER

— THE LINCOLN COUNTY WAR — A couple of hours after daybreak on February 18, 1878, several men on horseback heading to Lincoln, New Mexico, took cover when they spotted a posse closing on them fast. One of the men refused to turn tail and run.

John Tunstall, the 24-year old rancher the other men worked for, decided to stand his ground.

Wealthy and adventurous, […]

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