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The Resource Tom Horn in life and legend, Larry D. Ball

Tom Horn in life and legend, Larry D. Ball

Label
Tom Horn in life and legend
Title
Tom Horn in life and legend
Statement of responsibility
Larry D. Ball
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Some of the legendary gunmen of the Old West were lawmen, but more, like Billy the Kid and Jesse James, were outlaws. Tom Horn (1860-1903) was both. Lawman, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw, and assassin, this darkly enigmatic figure has fascinated Americans ever since his death by hanging the day before his forty-third birthday. In this masterful historical biography, Larry Ball, a distinguished historian of western lawmen and outlaws, presents the definitive account of Horn's career. Horn became a civilian in the Apache wars when he was still in his early twenties. He fought in the last major battle with the Apaches on U.S. soil and chased the Indians into Mexico with General George Crook. He bragged about murdering renegades, and the brutality of his approach to law and order foreshadows his controversial career as a Pinkerton detective and his trial for murder in Wyoming. Having worked as a hired gun and a range detective in the years after the Johnson County War, he was eventually tried and hanged for killing a fourteen-year-old boy. Horn's guilt is still debated. To an extent no previous scholar has managed to achieve, Ball distinguishes the truth about Horn from the numerous legends. Both the facts and their distortions are revealing, especially since so many of the untruths come from Horn's own autobiography. As a teller of tall tales, Horn burnished his own reputation throughout his life. In spite of his services as a civilian scout and packer, his behavior frightened even his lawless companions. Although some writers have tried to elevate him to the top rung of frontier gun wielders, questions still shadow Horn's reputation. Ball's study concludes with a survey of Horn as described by historians, novelists, and screenwriters since his own time. These portrayals, as mixed as the facts on which they are based, show a continuing fascination with the life and legend of Tom Horn
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 979/.03092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E83.88.H67
LC item number
B35 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Tom Horn in life and legend, Larry D. Ball
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-529) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Missouri roots -- Scrub packer -- Chief of scouts -- "A good Indian man" -- "A restive soul" -- Range detective in Wyoming -- Murder on Horse Creek -- Adventurer -- The Wild Bunch -- "A man apart" -- Train no. 4 to Cheyenne -- Jailbird -- The trial -- The verdict -- Fight for freedom -- Deathwatch
Control code
861209689
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 554 pages
Isbn
9780806144252
Lccn
2013043109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)861209689
Label
Tom Horn in life and legend, Larry D. Ball
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-529) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Missouri roots -- Scrub packer -- Chief of scouts -- "A good Indian man" -- "A restive soul" -- Range detective in Wyoming -- Murder on Horse Creek -- Adventurer -- The Wild Bunch -- "A man apart" -- Train no. 4 to Cheyenne -- Jailbird -- The trial -- The verdict -- Fight for freedom -- Deathwatch
Control code
861209689
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 554 pages
Isbn
9780806144252
Lccn
2013043109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)861209689

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