Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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The lone tree incident

During the first half of the 19th century the U.S. government, in response to public pressure for land and resources, began a program of…

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The Bass Gang

During one two-month period the Deadwood stage was held up four times by the Sam Bass Gang, consisting of Bass, Joel Collins, Tom Nixon, Bi…

Started by dirtrider in Outlaws and villians

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The Packsaddle mountain fight

Late one evening when Deve Herrington and Wm. George turned in the milk cows to their calves, they noticed an animal wearing a bell, had a…

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga

1 Mar 17
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Battle of Rattlesnake Springs

Battle of Rattlesnake Springs On August 7,1880, the black soldiers of the Tenth United States Cavalry and a detachment of the Twenty fourth…

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga

1 Mar 17
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Battle of West Point, Mississippi

On February 22, 1864, Confederate soldiers under General Nathan B. Forrest routed a yankee force that was triple their number.  Sherman's e…

Started by dirtrider in Civil War Tales

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John Hunt Morgan CSA captured

On July 26, 1863, Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and 360 of his men were captured at Salineville, Ohio, during a spectacular r…

Started by dirtrider in Civil War Tales

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BASS REEVES, BRAVEST OF ALL DEPUTY MARSHALLS

It is thought he was born in Texas or Arkansas in 1838. Bass Reeves was born a slave in July 1838. His owners, the William S. Reeves family…

Started by dirtrider in Lawmen of the West

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Patrick Floyd Garrett (1850-1908)

He moved to Dallas County, Texas at the age of 19. There, he worked on the large LS Ranch in west as a cowboy and cattle gunman when rustl…

Started by dirtrider in Lawmen of the West

0 Mar 7

BILL ANDERSON--a short bio

William Anderson was born in 1839, in Kentucky and grew up in Randolph County, Missouri. In 1857, he, his brother, and three sisters moved…

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Hat Creek Station

"Old" Hat Creek Station, approx. 1880. The Old Hat Creek Station and Fort, established in 1875 by Capt. James Egan, was located north of t…

Started by dirtrider in Western Saga

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