Renowned historian of the American West, Frederick Nolan, author of
"The West of Billy the Kid" and "The Lincoln County War: A
Documentary History, " noted that with the publication of this new
book Maddox has "written a whole new chapter in outlaw history." --
During the first week of May 1881 the "Santa Fe New Mexican"
carried two reward notices from Governor Lew Wallace. One was for
$500 for William Bonney, "alias The Kid" and directly below that
was another reward notice for $2250 for Ike Stockton and his gang.
Like Billy the Kid, Ike had a price of $500 on his head. Compared
to the Kid, few have ever heard of Ike Stockton. Fewer still have
heard of his older brother, Porter. Yet it was Porter Stockton who
was by far the most dangerous and deadly of the brothers. In March
1881 the "Las Vegas (New Mexico) Optic" described Porter Stockton
as "one of the most hardened murderers and desperadoes that ever
darkened the pages of history and annals of crime." Countless hours
of research over a period of six years have resulted in this
thorough and entertaining account of the turmoil caused by the
Stockton brothers. From cattle kings to cowboys, from cow towns to
hell on wheels railroad camps and from shootouts to lynchings,
their story encompasses all of the legends of the mythic American
West. Take hold of this book like you would the reins of a skittish
horse, find the sweet spot in the saddle, or better yet your easy
chair, and settle in for a hell of a ride.
NOTE: Non-fiction, softcover, 530 pages. This book includes a
bibliography, endnotes and an index. It contains black and white
illustrations, photos and maps.
EXCERPT: Driving cattle across large stretches of the arid portions
of Texas and New Mexico, through territory inhabited by free
roaming and combative Indians required men who would never back
down from any challenge. Even Oliver Loving lost his life as the
result of an Indian bullet received while hunkered down in the mud
of the Pecos River. Inevitably, some of the herders stepped over
the line and became desperadoes. One of the tempests coming out of
Texas would brew and build around Stephenville before moving west
and north along with the suffocating dust cloud stirred up by the
hooves of thousands of Texas cattle. Erath County residents would
figure prominently as the storm regained strength in Colfax County,
New Mexico. The same Erathians would be present when the storm grew
to reach its cyclonic and climactic outburst in the San Juan
country of New Mexico and Colorado. Porter and Ike Stockton were at
the epicenter of this final blast.
SUBJECTS: The Allison Gang, Charles Allison, Clay Allison, Amargo
(NM), Animas City (CO), Aztec (NM), Billy the Kid, Moses Blancett,
Jimmy Catron, Chama (NM), Cimarron (NM), Frank and George Coe, L.G.
Coleman, Colfax County (NM), Hiram Washington Cox and family, Col.
Robert Crofton, Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, Durango (CO),
Robert Dwyer, Erath County (TX), Dison and Hargo Eskridge,
Farmington (NM), Fort Lewis (CO), Max Frost, "Bud" Galbreath, Jim
Garrett, Henry Goodman, Charles Goodnight, Alf Graves, William B.
Haines, Gus (Heffron) Hefferman, James Heffernan, John Hittson, Doc
Holliday, Big Dan Howland, Hurricane Bill, Charles Adam Jones, La
Plata County (CO), La Plata valley, Irvin W. Lacy, La Sal Mountains
(UT), Marion Littrell, George Lockhart, George W. Morrison, Tom
Nance, Navajo Indians, Tony Neis, David Ogsbury, Otero (NM), Palo
Pinto County (TX), Parrott City (CO), Pinhook valley Indian fight,
Gov. Frederick W. Pitkin, Al and Austin Puett, Flora Pyle, Rico
(CO), San Juan County (CO), San Juan County (NM), Silverton (CO),
Stephenville (TX), Samuel Stockton, Jim Sullivan, Kid Thomas,
George W. Thompson, Thompson and Lacy (LC) cattle outfit, Trinidad
(CO), Ute Indians, Vermejo River valley (NM), Gov. Lew Wallace,
Barney Watson, Bert Wilkinson, "One-armed" Billy Wilson.
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