Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier by Art T. Burton

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves seems to be as considered one of “eight striking Oklahomans,” the “most feared U.S. marshal within the Indian country.” That Reeves was once additionally an African American who had spent his formative years as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments the entire extra extraordinary. Bucking the chances (“I’m sorry, we didn’t maintain black people’s history,” a clerk at one in every of Oklahoma’s neighborhood ancient societies responded a query), paintings T. Burton sifts via truth and legend to find the reality approximately the most extraordinary peace officials in overdue nineteenth-century America—and probably the best lawman of the Wild West era. Fluent in Creek and different southern local languages, robust, expert with firearms, and a grasp of conceal, Reeves was once quite adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits have been mythical in Oklahoma and Arkansas. A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, backed by means of the Western Writers of the United States, Black Gun, Silver big name tells Bass Reeves’s tale for the 1st time and restores this impressive determine to his rightful position within the historical past of the yankee West. (20070313)

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Lynch Party at Oolagah Ms. Sturdivant’s grandmother told her this story, which occurred near Oolagah, Cherokee Nation, the home of Will Rogers. Her grandmother said Bass Reeves was afraid of no man. It was like he had a destiny, and until that destiny was fulfilled he was invincible. This is a belief of many Native Americans. Since Reeves operated in the Indian Territory, it is quite possible he adopted this line of thought. While out making his rounds, Reeves came across a lynch mob near one of the large cattle ranches.

M. m. m. m. Eighty-five percent of the offenses were committed in the Indian Territory. 0pt ——— Normal PgEnds: [30], (6) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 rather than punishment itself was the only way to combat crime. When the territory’s hardest criminals heard his name, they cringed, for it was synonymous with the gallows. From 1875 until 1889 there was no appeal from his decision; his word was final except on those very rare occasions when the president intervened.

00. A deputy was allowed to take a posseman, guard and a cook. The posseman drew $3 per day, the guard $3 and the cook $20 per month. The deputy paid his own expenses and got all the fees. The deputy of course rode horseback and ranged wide from the wagon, which was simply his base of supplies and his prison. Each wagon was equipped with a long heavy chain. When a prisoner was captured he was shackled with old-fashioned brads. At night all the prisoners were shackled in pairs and the shackles passed through a ring in the long chain.

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