Battle of Lincoln, New Mexico
The Battle of Lincoln, New Mexico, usually referred to as the Battle
of Lincoln (July 15th through July 19th, 1878) was the largest armed
conflict of the Lincoln County War, a now famous range war taking place
in Lincoln, New Mexico.
What do you know about the Battle of Lincoln, New
Mexico? Try this Alan's Old West History Made Easy Trivia quiz. You'll
find the answers at the bottom of the page.
1) The range war had begun with the murder of rancher by members of
the Jessie Evans Gang, who had been hired by the
"Murphy-Dolan" faction as gunmen to harass that factions
competition. Who was the rancher murdered?
- John Tunstall
- John Chisholm
- John England
2) The murder and the subsequent lack of action by Lincoln County
Sheriff William J. Brady led to the formation of the Lincoln County
Regulators, led by Dick Brewer and other friends and supporters of the
dead rancher. Who was NOT a Regulators?
- Billy the Kid
- Charlie Bowdre
- Max McGee
3) On April 29th, 1878, a posse including the Jessie Evans Gang and
the Seven Rivers Warriors, under the direction of Sheriff Peppin,
engaged Regulators Frank McNab, Ab Saunders, and Frank Coe in a shootout
at the Fritz Ranch. Who was killed?
- Frank McNab
- Jessie Evans
- Ab Saunders
4) April 30th, 1878, Seven Rivers members Tom Green, Charles
Marshall, Jim Patterson and John Galvin were killed in Lincoln, and
although the Regulators were blamed, that was never proven.
5) George Coe, also a Regulator and the cousin of Frank Coe, took up
position on the roof of McSween's house. George Coe, missing his trigger
finger due to an earlier gunfight with Buckshot Roberts, took aim at
'Dutch Charlie' Kruling, a member of the Seven Rivers Warriors gang. The
distance has been estimated at being 444 yards, but that has never been
confirmed, although it was likely in excess of 350 yards. Henry Newton
Brown warned Coe he was wasting his shot, and could not hope to hit him
at that distance. To Brown�s astonishment, Coe hit Kruling, wounding
6) Alexander McSween, the former partner to dead rancher, had
organized and supported the Regulators, although he himself was a
non-combatant during the conflict. On July 15th, 1878, McSween gathered
his Regulators in the town of Lincoln, while at the same time forces
hired by the "Murphy-Dolan" faction organized to meet them, to
include Jessie Evans and his gang, and the John Kinney Gang, and led by
the newly appointed sheriff . Who was the sheriff?
- George Peppin
- Jack Newton
- Ed McMahon
7) The Regulators gathered in Lincoln and received word that a large
posse was on its way into town. Instead of attempting to flee they
elected to remain in town to meet the posse. The
"Murphy-Dolan" forces soon rode into town from the west, and
surrounded the house, where the Regulators had taken refuge to make
their final stand. The "Murphy-Dolan" were able to surprise
8) During the first day, at least five Murphy-Dolan men were wounded
in the exchange. How many causalities did the Regulators suffer?
9) McSween attempted to surrender, he was shot and killed, while the
remaining Regulators escaped. McSween, his business colleague Harvey
Morris, and Tom Cullins were the fatal casualties suffered by the
Regulators. How many shots hit McSween?
10) In September, 1878, President of the United States Rutherford
Hayes dismissed Governor Axtell. The new governor immediately began
trying to bring the lawlessness to an end. Who replaced Axtell as
- Juda Benhur
- Lew Wallace
- George Crook