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The Capture of Billy the Kid

Author: James H Earle
Publisher: College Station, Texas : Creative Publishing Company, [1988]
Series: Early West.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Billy the Kid mad be America's most widely-known folk hero. His story has been told many times, but new firsthand accounts of the Kid are rare a hundred years after his death. However, this book is based on two newly discovered eyewitness accounts by members of Pat Garrett's posse who captured Billy the Kid and his gang. Cal Polk and Louis Bousman (The Animal) wrote their versions of how the Kid was trailed to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Billy, the Kid.; Billy, the Kid.; Billy, the Kid.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James H Earle
ISBN: 0932702449 9780932702449
OCLC Number: 18052460
Description: 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 map
Series Title: Early West.
Responsibility: edited by James H. Earle.

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Billy the Kid mad be America's most widely-known folk hero. His story has been told many times, but new firsthand accounts of the Kid are rare a hundred years after his death. However, this book is based on two newly discovered eyewitness accounts by members of Pat Garrett's posse who captured Billy the Kid and his gang. Cal Polk and Louis Bousman (The Animal) wrote their versions of how the Kid was trailed to Stinking Springs and was captured after a shoot out in the snow of December 1880. Also included is a facsimile of a map drawn by Charlie Foor, a long-time resident of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, who had lived there since 1881. His map gives a better understanding of the village where the Kid lived, was shot, and is buried. The other firsthand accounts--by Garrett, Siringo, East, and contemporary newspapers--are included for comparison with those by Polk and Bousman. Both new accounts are written in the language of their authors. Polk related a conversation between Garrett and the Kid as follows: "In a few minutes after the shooting, Billy cride out is that you Pat out there. Pat says yes, and then Billy says Pat why dont you come up like a man and give us a fair fite. Pat said I dont aim to. Billy says that is what I thought of you, you old long legged S..B and then every thing hushed for a while."

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