"Texas, by God"
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"in effort that outraged law might be vindicated"
Sun Feb 10, 2019 22:56

Despite the cold of February 1879, the nine-man posse led by Gallatin County Sheriff T. B. Warfield (headquartered at Bozeman) pulls in at Miles City with a couple of frozen bodies with bullet holes, and two wounded prisoners. Warfield's posse consisted of Earp, Wormwood, Hess, Brockway, Van Waters, possibly Johnny Brooks and three others.
Two other posses coordinated with this one are run by Custer County Sheriff Tom Irvine headquartered in Miles City. Mostly shrouded in secrecy, a total of 24 heavily armed posse-men were working in conjunction with the new telegraph line heading up along the Yellowstone River to Bozeman - in other words from Fort Keogh to Fort Ellis. The horse thief problem was most prolific against the military, who collectively kept thousands in stock.
Warfield's posse, in behalf of Gen. J. S. Brisbin at Fort Ellis, had gone into action, prompting the Helena newspaper to report: "The telegraph is death to the horse thieves" - insinuating that death was the preferred measure for punishment.

Who actually pumped the rifle bullets into the horse-thieves is lost to history. Although, on March 1, Earp, Wormwood and Hess were promoted to positions of de facto Marshal corps at Miles City.

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