Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

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Treachery on the Marias River

On January 23, 1870, soldiers commanded by Colonel Eugene Baker killed 173 Blackfeet Indians in a surprise attack on Heavy Runner’s camp on…

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0 Apr 5

The Legend of Standing Rock

Years ago, a man from the Dakota nation married a girl from the Arikara nation. After they had one child, the man brought another wi…

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0 Apr 4

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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2 Apr 3
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Pony Express begins service

It was April 3,1860, at St. Joseph, Missouri.  The first Pony Express rider, Johnny Fry,  streaked out westward towards California, 60 days…

Started by dirtrider in Today in Western History

0 Apr 3

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…

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1 Mar 24
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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…

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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…

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0 Mar 15

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…

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0 Mar 15

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

0 Mar 10

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