Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

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U of Nebraska Press, Apr 1, 2008 - History - 346 pages
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Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves appears as one of ?eight notable Oklahomans,? the ?most feared U.S. marshal in the Indian country.? That Reeves was also an African American who had spent his early life as a slave in Arkansas and Texas makes his accomplishments all the more remarkable. Bucking the odds (?I?m sorry, we didn?t keep black people?s history,? a clerk at one of Oklahoma?s local historical societies answered a query), Art T. Burton sifts through fact and legend to discover the truth about one of the most outstanding peace officers in late nineteenth-century America?and perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West era. Fluent in Creek and other southern Native languages, physically powerful, skilled with firearms, and a master of disguise, Reeves was exceptionally adept at apprehending fugitives and outlaws, and his exploits were legendary in Oklahoma and Arkansas. A finalist for the 2007 Spur Award, sponsored by the Western Writers of America, Black Gun, Silver Star tells Bass Reeves?s story for the first time and restores this remarkable figure to his rightful place in the history of the American West.
  

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Review: Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

User Review  - Gina - Goodreads

There was good and interesting information in this book, but it varied in terms of how enjoyable it was to read, often being somewhat dry. The difficulty was in the material available. Burton ... Read full review

Review: Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves

User Review  - Richard Gearon - Goodreads

A remarkable man who was a legend in his own time. He arrested over 2,000 bad guys and a few women and was involved in 14 gun-fights, including two very rare, in real life, face-to-face quick-draw ... Read full review

Contents

Uncovering the History of Black Deputy US Marshals
1
The Lone Ranger and Other Stories
11
Arkansas Son
19
Van Buren and Fort Smith
25
On the Trail
32
No Sunday West of St Louis No God West of Fort Smith
56
Gunmans Territory
76
Hell on the Border
108
Northern District Indian Territory
209
Muskogee Marshal
224
A New Century
233
Devotion to Duty
240
The Invincible Marshal
255
A Lawman to the End
273
Epilogue
305
Appendix
309

Trial of the Century
127
Back on the Trail
149
The Winds of Change
171
Land of the SixShooter
178
Paris Texas
191
Notes
313
Bibliography
327
Index
333
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About the author (2008)

Art T. Burton is a professor of history at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. He is the author of Black, Buckskin, and Blue: African American Scouts and Soldiers on the Western Frontier and Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territory, 1870?1907.