The Banditti of the Plains Or The Cattlemen s Invasion of Wyoming in In when A S Mercer published this angry eyewitness account of the cattlemen s invasion of Wyoming the book was so thoroughly and ruthlessly suppressed that few copies of that edition remain tod

  • Title: The Banditti of the Plains: Or The Cattlemen’s Invasion of Wyoming in 1892
  • Author: Asa Shinn Mercer William Kittredge
  • ISBN: 9780806113159
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1894, when A S Mercer published this angry eyewitness account of the cattlemen s invasion of Wyoming, the book was so thoroughly and ruthlessly suppressed that few copies of that edition remain today.Although historians have since questioned some of Mercer s conclusions about the Johnson County range war, they have never controverted the facts of the cattlemen homesteIn 1894, when A S Mercer published this angry eyewitness account of the cattlemen s invasion of Wyoming, the book was so thoroughly and ruthlessly suppressed that few copies of that edition remain today.Although historians have since questioned some of Mercer s conclusions about the Johnson County range war, they have never controverted the facts of the cattlemen homesteader struggle as he grimly reported them With the intention of executing alleged rustlers and terrorizing the homesteaders, a band of fifty two cattlemen and hired gunmen invaded Johnson Country, Wyoming, in April 1892 After besieging and killing the bravest man in Johnson County, the raiders in turn found themselves besieged by the homesteaders and finally in the protective custody of the Untied States cavalry Further legal and illegal maneuvering permitted the invaders to go unpunished, but the cattlemen never again attempted to retain their hold over the range with organized mob violence.In this new edition of The Banditti of the Plains the original text has been followed with the utmost fidelity, even including the illustrations An informed and interesting foreword by William H Kittrell has been added to the book.

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    One thought on “The Banditti of the Plains: Or The Cattlemen’s Invasion of Wyoming in 1892”

    1. First of all, "Banditti" is another word for bandits. I''m on a journey to read a book representing each of the 50 states, and when this popped up for Wyoming, I thought it sounded really interesting. Instead of being a retelling of a period of history, it's a telling using actual words of those involved with the Powder River Invasion. One extremely together man kept a daylong diary recording what was happening as a mob outside his cabin made attempt after attempt to kill him. There's a very lon [...]

    2. I was a little disappointed in this one. I knew going in that it was a reprint of an old publication written by Mercer to draw attention to the excesses perpetrated by the cattlemen "invaders" during the Johnson County War. As such, there is no attempt on the part of the writer to be objective but he makes it clear from the outset that objectivity was not his goal in bringing the salient points about the range war to light. In the first place, I don't see how the series of contacts could be prop [...]

    3. An early account of tensions among cattle barons and local ranchers of northern Wyoming, written soon after the event. From a historical perspective, this is a great find. It is a little choppy to follow, but it is not a long book so it is worth the effort.

    4. This book could have told the whole story in 20 pages. But I appreciate that the author gave as many accounts as possible. So if it actually was concisely written it would have been a mad page turner. As it turns out, not so much.

    5. In this volume, Mr. Mercer tells it as it really is in the Wyoming frontier country, a scary place to be if the Wyoming Cattleman are against you!

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