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Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862
In the early morning hours of October 1, 1862, state militia arrested more than two hundred alleged Unionists from five northern Texas counties and brought them to Gainesville, the seat of Cooke County. In the ensuing days at least forty-four prisoners were hanged, and several other men were lynched in neighboring communities. This event proved to be the grisly climax of a ...more
Published August 1st 1997 by LSU Press
(first published January 1994)
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Even having grown up in Texas and read a lot of Texas stories, I somehow didn't learn about this horrific incident until I was an adult. This book is chilling. If you're looking for a thorough, detailed, and fully documented account of the Gainesville hangings, this book will grip you from beginning to end.