John Ringo: King of the Cowboys : His Life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone (Google eBook)

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University of North Texas Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 366 pages
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Few names in the lore of western gunmen are as recognizable. Few lives of the most notorious are as little known. Romanticized and made legendary, John Ringo fought and killed for what he believed was right. As a teenager, Ringo was rushed into sudden adulthood when his father was killed tragically in the midst of the family's overland trek to California. As a young man he became embroiled in the blood feud turbulence of post-Reconstruction Texas. The Mason County "Hoo Doo" War in Texas began as a war over range rights, but it swiftly deteriorated into blood vengeance and spiraled out of control as the body count rose. In this charnel house Ringo gained a reputation as a dangerous gunfighter and man killer. He was proclaimed throughout the state as a daring leader, a desperate man, and a champion of the feud. Following incarceration for his role in the feud, Ringo was elected as a lawman in Mason County, the epicenter of the feud's origin. The reputation he earned in Texas, further inflated by his willingness to shoot it out with Victorio's raiders during a deadly confrontation in New Mexico, preceded him to Tombstone in territorial Arizona. Ringo became immersed in the area's partisan politics and factionalized violence. A champion of the largely Democratic ranchers, Ringo would become known as a leader of one of these elements, the Cowboys. He ran at bloody, tragic odds with the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, finally being part of the posse that hounded these fugitives from Arizona. In the end, Ringo died mysteriously in the Arizona desert, his death welcomed by some, mourned by others, wrongly claimed by a few. Initially published in 1996, John Ringo has been updated to a second edition with much new information researched and uncovered by David Johnson and other Ringo researchers.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 A Hamlet among outlaws
1
Chapter 2 passionate domineering and dangerous
9
Chapter 3 Ringo Pryor
17
Chapter 4 I pray God we may get along safely
25
Chapter 5 Mrs Mary Ringo Proprietress
35
Chapter 6 The people he fell in with were fighters
44
Chapter 7 backshooting border scum and thieves
54
Chapter 8 The mob has been operating some
63
Chapter 17 a killer and professional cutthroat
165
Chapter 18 armed with a Henry side
176
Chapter 19 the sympathy of the border people seems to be with them
190
Chapter 20 desperate and dangerous
205
Chapter 21 we have seen that he lied
216
Chapter 22 Ringo the cowboy leader
226
Chapter 23 Blood will surely come
236
Chapter 24 his band of questionable repute
245

Chapter 9 Hell has broke loose up here
74
Chapter 10 alias Long John
87
Chapter 11 State of Texas vs John Ringo
98
Chapter 12 brave and fearless
109
Chapter 13 disrupting a young economy
119
Chapter 14 and a stray cat
130
Chapter 15 as well known as Satan himself
140
Chapter 16 John R Godalmighty
153
Chapter 25 Many friends will mourn him
256
Chapter 26 bitter and conspiratorial silence
268
Appendix 1
279
Appendix 2
281
Endnotes
283
Selected Bibliography of Works Consulted
332
Index
351
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