Lincoln County (NM) War
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Lincoln County (NM) War?
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1) This was once the largest county in
the United States. It is located in central New Mexico. The Lincoln County
war started between a faction of "wealthy" ranchers and a faction of "wealthy" businessmen.
Who was NOT part of the warring parties?
2) In November 1876, an Englishman
arrived in Lincoln County looking for a investment in grazing land. He
would become associated with Alexander McSween.
Who was this Englishman?
3) Who did John Tunstall hire as a
cowhand for his ranch?
Johnny Mack Brown
Billy the Kid
4) In February 1878, The House
proprietors Dolan and Riley obtained a court order to seize some of Tunstall's horses as payment for an outstanding debt. The posse formed to
recover the horses. Jesse Evans, William "Buck" Morton, Tom Hill, and
Frank Baker where detached from the posse looking going to Tunstall's
ranch looking for the herd.
What was the date they found Tunstall and his
February 6, 1878
February 14, 1878
February 18, 1878
5) Tunstall was with the herd as his men
were wild turkey hunting. Some of Tunstall's men saw the men coming and
shouted a warning. Instead Tunstall rode to meet the posse. Buck Morton
shot Tunstall through the upper chest. He fell off his horse and lay
Which posse member picked up Tunstall pistol and
show him pointblank in the back of the head?
6) Billy the Kid and other Tunstall's
hand were deputized to serve warrant again Morton and his men. They sought
to avenge his murder and further the interests of Tunstall's partners,
Alexander McSween and John Chisum.
What was the
7) On March 8, 1878, Billy and his group
killed Morton and Baker. On the same day, governor Samuel Axtell canceled
the authority that put a badge on Billy and his gang. With a stroke of a
pen, they went form lawman to outlaws.
Who did Axtell
8) A large confrontation between the two
forces materialized on the afternoon of July 15, 1878, when the Regulators
were surrounded in Lincoln, New Mexico in two different positions; the McSween house and the Ellis store.
Where was Billy the Kid?
9) What caused the impasse between the
two groups to end with the death of many of McSween's men, including
Alex McSween himself?
New Mexico State Police
10) Who wrote, "Truly, the Lincoln
County War was a war without heroes."
Pat Garrett in his book
Lew Wallace in his book
Robert Utley, historian with National