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The War on Powder River
On a blizzardy morning in 1892, fifty armed men surrounded the cabin on Powder River where two cattle rustlers had spent the night. The first rustler was shot as he came down the path for a bucket of water. The second man held out until afternoon, when the vigilantes set the cabin afire. Driven out by the flames, he was shot a dozen times. It was another skirmish in the Wa ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 1st 1967 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published June 1967)
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The "Johnson County War," of 1892 was not much of a war. If you were to restrict the casualties to the actual fighting, the war left four dead. Two by accidental shooting. What makes it such remarkable event (and it's been the subject of numerous movies and novels) is the involvement of political officials, from the Governor of Wyoming, its two senators, and, even the President of the United States. The "invasion" by a group of cattle owners and Texans mercenaries was a planned event meant to ki ...more