Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter
by Tom Horn
On November 20th, 1903, the cowboy Tom Horn was hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the murder of a fourteen-year-old boy. His trial was almost certainly influenced by sensationalistic “Yellow” journalism and the bitter cattle range wars of the day, and remains controversial even now. Horn had been many things – runaway farm boy, mule skinner, miner, rodeo champion, Pinkerton...more
ebook, EPUB Edition
Published August 6th 2012 by Tales End Press
(first published 1904)
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Life of Tom Horn - Government Scout and Interpreter was a gritty first-hand telling of Tom Horn's life. As I read the story, I was constantly picturing Gus and Woodrow from Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. Al Sieber reminded me a lot of Woodrow Call, and the overall story of the Apache Indians was familiar with the fictional world in McMurty's book. I'm not saying Horn was an exact match for Gus, but there were some flashes of toughness and even humor in the story that reminded me of old Gus.
I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN THE OLD WEST AND THIS BOOK GIVES THE READER A VERY ACCURATE DESCRIPTION BASED ON THE AUTHORS EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT. THE BOOK IS A BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN BY TOM HORN OF HIS EARLY LIFE AS A GOVERNMENT SCOUT AND INTERPRETER. AS A GOVERNMENT SCOUT HE CAPTURED THE INDIAN CHIEF GERONIMO AND WAS THE MAIN GOVERNMENT SCOUT DURING THE INDIAN WARS. HE GIVES REAL INSIGHT INTO THE THINKING AND WAYS OF THE INDIANS DURING THE LATE 1800'S. TOM HORN IS ONE OF THE LAST REAL COWBOYS DURING A PER...more
This was supposed to be my summer for reading American classics. Instead I've ended up reading American West history, The Life of Tom Horn being the latest. I had a vague recollection of Tom Horn, but I don't know from where. Since the book was written by Horn, apparently while he was awaiting execution, it's obviously a one-sided view. (NOTE: His conviction and execution were obviously a set-up and miscarriage of justice.) I would have been interested in more of his personal/family life, I stil...more
Tom Horn had one of the most amazing lives. From his father almost beating him to death, to his travels west to become an Indian Scout under General Crook, to being assigned to live with Geronimo’s band and act as an interrupter between the indians and the army, to his time as a mule packer for TR in Cuba, to one of the first Pinkerton agents to his downfall in Montana Tom Horn lived a life that few men ever did. If you're interested in the history of the Indian wars in Arizona, this is a book t...more