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 Post subject: Bryan, say something!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:21 pm 
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Posted by glenn on May 02, 2001 at 19:56:41:

In Reply to: Re: GENERAL BEN McCULLOCHS army? posted by Rose Mary Lankford on April 30, 2001 at 08:48:28:

Wild Bill Hickok shot him!? I know little to nothing about Ben McCullough but am enjoying this thread immensely. Is there anything to this?

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 Post subject: Re: Bryan, say something!
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Posted by Bryan Howerton on May 02, 2001 at 20:21:22:

In Reply to: Bryan, say something! posted by glenn on May 02, 2001 at 19:56:41:

Glenn, I must confess that I had not previously heard about Wild Bill Hickock shooting General McCulloch. Rose Mary emailed me today that her source for this is Carl Breihan's "Quantrill and His Civil War Guerrillas", page 50. Another book to add to my "to do" list.

Ain't it fascinating where these threads lead?


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Posted by glenn on May 02, 2001 at 21:36:51:

In Reply to: That's a new one posted by Bryan Howerton on May 02, 2001 at 20:21:22:

What little I've read about Ben McCullough makes me think that he was a fairly competent, colorful leader who had a hard time working with and particularly under other officers. I've going to have to do a little more reading on this myself.
Thanks to all posters for the inspiration.

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 Post subject: Re: Bryan, say something!
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Posted by Bryan Howerton on May 02, 2001 at 21:54:08:

In Reply to: a wonderment, indeed. posted by glenn on May 02, 2001 at 21:36:51:

He was indeed a colorful character. He fought at San Jacinto in the Texas war for independence; was an Indian fighter, a Texas Ranger, a Mexican War veteran, was in on the California Gold Rush, came back to Texas and served as a U.S. Marshal, then was appointed a colonel in the Texas State Troops. He has been described as "one of the most popular figures in Texas". My impression is that he was a competent officer. Regimental commanders who served under him sort of run hot and cold about him, but he was very popular with the private soldiers, judging from the letters they wrote back home. After his death, several "McCulloch Avengers" volunteer companies sprang up in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

One of the great things about this message board is all the different points of view and interpretations of history -- really makes you think and want to read more. I've got a book wish list a couple of pages long, based on recommendations people have posted here.


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