Lawmen of the Wild West (Hardback)
Without doubt it was one of the toughest jobs. Faced with ruthless criminal, trigger-happy gunslingers and assorted desperados, the lawmen of the Old West tried, and sometimes died, in their efforts to bring some semblance of order to their towns and communities.
There were Marshals, City Marshals and Constables who were employed by the local townspeople and whose authority was restricted to within the town or city limits. Then there were the County Sheriffs, who were elected by the citizens of the county, to keep the peace within the county, or the Texas Rangers and Arizona Rangers, who operated under the jurisdiction of their respective state governors and later US Marshals.The United States Marshals were appointed by the President of the United States and had the authority to operate anywhere in the USA and deal with federal crime. Each of these law enforcement officers employed their own deputies, all of whom had the same powers of enforcement.
Some believed that former criminals would make the most effective lawmen. Consequently, in some cases notorious gunfighters were employed as town marshals to help bring law and order to some of the most lawless of towns. These lawmen had to deal with the likes of the Dalton Gang, the James Brothers and the Rufus Buck Gang who thought nothing of raping and murdering innocent people just for the hell of it. These outlaws would frequently hide in the Indian Territory where there was no law to extradite them. The only law outside of the Indian Territory was that of Judge Isaac Parker, who administered the rules with an iron fist; the gallows at Fort Smith laid testament to his work.
The requirements needed to be a peace officer in the Wild West were often determined only by the individual’s skill with a gun, and their courage. At times judgement was needed with only seconds to determine it, and that also meant that there was the odd occasion where justice and law never quite meant the same thing. The expression ‘justice without law’ was never truer than in the formative years of the West.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Dawn Lewis
Having been surprised at the number of outlaws named in "Outlaws of the Wild West" by the same author, I probably shouldn't have been wide-eyed at the number of lawmen out to catch them! "Lawmen of the Wild West" is a superb exploration of the other side of the line in the Wild West. It's written in a very easy to read way, and the photos are excellent!
This was a fascinating read, and I really enjoyed how the author presented it as a series of short mini biographies as it gave each of the lawmen there own time to shine, although some had more attention than others. It was like having the curtain drawn back on the wild west, and it was nice to see the 'romantic view' of that world stripped away.NetGalley, Rowena Andrews
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Pat Lorelli
The author gives you a glimpse into the lives of many lawmen, some famous most not so much. It is the not so much ones this author spends time on... Many good stories that will keep you entertained.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Denice Langley
Terry C Treadwell has chosen some famous and some who should have been famous examples and shown us how their versions of the law changed with every criminal they faced. These men were often the only thing standing between the outlaws and the townspeople. Failure was not an option. I'm a diehard western fan. I enjoyed every one of these stories. Terry Treadwell is now on my followed author list.
An interesting set of short stories about the lawmen of the Wild West. The stories were great and held my interest. I learned facts about these individuals that I never knew. If your into true crime or history, this is the book for you.NetGalley, Ron Baumer
Outlaws of the Wild West (Hardback)
The ‘Wild West’, or American Frontier as it is also known, developed in the years following the American Civil War. However, this period of myth-making cowboys, infamous gunslingers, not always law-abiding lawmen, and saloon madams, is as much the product of fiction writers and film makers as reality. The outlaw came into his, or indeed her, own in the mid to late 19th century. Some of these individuals, men such as Billy the Kid, William Clarke Quantrill, Butch Cassidy or Harry Longabaugh, better known as the Sundance Kid, became household names. Many of those who roamed America’s West…By Terry C Treadwell
Click here to buy both titles for £40.00