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Chris Lampe
Re: I think the point Jacobsen was making
Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:08
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"was that Garrett shot from ambush whenever possible--Stinking Springs being the perfect example"

Bonney, Middleton, Waite, French, McNab & Brown killd Brady and Hindman from ambush. Bonney took Bell by surprise (more or less an ambush) and then killed Olinger from ambush. We can't condemn Garrett and give Billy a pass.

Garett and his posse gave fair warning at Fort Sumner and Foliard's response was to attempt to pull his weapon and make a fight of it. Why would Garrett give Billy and his gang any chance after that? Why get into a fight when you can end the conflict quickly and safely? Ambusing your opponent is the surest way to increase the odds that you'll end the encounter still breathing and Garrett can't be blamed for shooting first at Stinking Springs.

I don't have all that much interest in Garrett and what you say may be absolute truth. You may not agree with his tactics but he certainly was no coward.


  • I think the point Jacobsen was makingmizscarlett43, Mon Jan 23 09:33
    was that Garrett shot from ambush whenever possible--Stinking Springs being the perfect example. ********* But see here, Chris Lampe: I don't think we're ever going to agree about much of anything re ... more
    • Re: I think the point Jacobsen was making — Chris Lampe, Tue Jan 24 11:08
      • Re: I think the point Jacobsen was makingLucas Speer, Tue Jan 24 15:40
        I agree with you 100 percent! Billy killed Brady and Hindman from a concealed hiding place. If Garrett was a coward then we certainly would have to place Billy in the same category by these... more
        • Warjim lynch, Tue Jan 24 15:57
          I think one point you and Chris are mising is that there was a war going on in Lincoln County. You certainly don't warn the Taliban when you about to off them.No such thing was happening in Ft Sumner.
          • Good point, Jim. It was called the mizscarlett43, Tue Jan 24 16:39
            Lincoln County War , after all; whereas what happened in Stinking Springs and later in Ft. Sumner was assassination, IMO anyway. YMMV, of course.
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