BALD KNOBBERS: Vigilantes on the Ozarks Frontier

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Pelican Publishing Company, Apr 30, 1998 - History - 320 pages
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In the 1880s, the Ozark hills around Taney County, Missouri, echoed with the sound of Winchester rifles. Men were lynched from tree limbs by masked night riders. Bundles of switches were tossed on the porches of "loose" men and women as a grim warning to reform or leave the area. In this action-filled saga of the notorious eight-year career of the vigilantes, journalist Mary Hartman and historian Elmo Ingenthron have produced the most comprehensive account of the Bald Knobber era. They trace the roots of the group in the region's border struggles during the Civil War, and examine the organization of anti-Bald Knobbers which sprang up to oppose them. Giant Nat Kinney founded the Bald Knobbers, and led them in their violent campaign for law and order. Andrew Coggburn wrote satirical songs to infuriate Kinney and the other vigilantes. Seventeen-year-old Billy Walker murdered an innocent family and was hanged by the beleaguered authorities. Five opponents of the Bald Knobbers vowed to kill Nat Kinney, and played cards to decide who would do the deed. Elmo Ingenthron was an Ozarks historian, and collected Bald Knobbers lore for more than thirty-five years. Mary Hartman is a veteran journalist and freelance writer.
 

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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

This is, without question, the best available book about the Bald Knobbers, a group devoted to bringing vigilante justice to southern Missouri in the 1880s. None of the other books on the topic has as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sara Frost - Goodreads

Really interested in this period in history after visiting the area. This was a pretty good account of what happened during that time. It was a bit dry in parts and a bit too much information in others, but overall a good read. Read full review

Contents

The Beginning
11
Swearing In
27
The Outburst
43
Dissent
59
Balefire
77
Bloodshed
93
Repercussions
107
Straw Votes
123
Voices from Washington
187
Hot Pursuit
195
Toppling a Giant
209
The Final Price
225
Killing at the Spring
245
Free at Last
261
Aftermath
271
Appendix Chronology
287

Echoes Up North
139
Butchery
155
Before the Bench
171

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Has more than twenty years experience as a newspaper journalist, editor and radio newscaster.

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