Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

September 2010 Blog Posts (3)

Uylsses S. Grant Memoirs

Just got back from a weekend writer's conference, and learned a bit of interesting historical trivial from the keynote speaker. Did you all know that the bestselling book in the 19th Century was Uylsses S. Grant's memoirs?

He explained that Grant had to give up his army pension when he ran for President, and that later in life he became impoverished. In order to secure that his widow wouldn't become destitute after his death he wrote his memoirs. They are still in print today. You… Continue

Added by Gayle Martin on September 26, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Dragoon Revolvers

Anyone have any historical info about the Dragoons? I understand they were heavy revolvers used during the Civil War and were carried west by the veterans after the conflict (if I remember right). Were they converted to fire cartridges? And what was a "Baby Dragoon?"

Added by Carbine on September 18, 2010 at 1:13pm — 4 Comments

Community Guidelines and Why We Have Them

As we are all too painfully aware, a former member has decided to use the True West forum to launch a very vindictive attack against SOTOW, and, not surprisingly, a couple of other former members have chimed in to state how repressive and unfair we all are.

I was once a very active member of the True West forum. At that time BBB ran a classy site. When the occasional trouble maker came along, as they always do, they were immediately removed, and other members would publicly thank the… Continue

Added by Gayle Martin on September 8, 2010 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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