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Bob Goodwin
Longabaugh and New Mexico
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:16pm

Chris' discovery of the mention of H.A. Longabaugh in the dead letter list was a good find. However, the story that Longabaugh had been in New Mexico before traveling north to Montana and Wyoming in the mid 1880s is not new. In browsing some older sources I came across a couple mentions of Longabaugh in the West previous to 1887.

The first is from the book "The Wild Bunch," Alan Swallow ed., Sage Books, Denver, 1966. page page 49, where he asserts that Longabaugh supposedly came from Texas with a trail herd. Sallow's book however neglects to mention sources. But does contain a short bibliography on page 136.

The second book is more precise, and may sound familiar. Brown Waller, "Last of the Great Western Train Robbers," A.S. Barnes and Co., Cranbury, New Jersey, 1968, pp. 38-39 recites the July 1901 newspaper stories almost verbatim in describing Longabuagh's supposed Cherokee heritage and his involvement in the 1884 New Mexico dust-up. Again, Waller's book contains no notes, and a short bibiliography, From his writing it is clear that he was using the the above mentioned newspaper stories.

    • Re: Longabaugh and New MexicoDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 7:19am
      Bob, Thanks for the post. Your reference to Allan Swallow & Waller Brown sparked memories; they were two of the first writers Annie & I bumped into (figuratively, not actually) when we first entered... more
      • Re: Longabaugh and New Mexicogobby git, Sat Mar 17 10:26am The literature on this small but highly skilled and successful gang is quite extensive. The two leading documents are James D. Horanís Desperate Men, based on... more
        • Re: Longabaugh and New MexicoDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 10:49am
          Thanks. C.L. Sonnichsen is another great Western writer from the recent past. Here's the first part of his review: "The Wild Bunch. Edited by Alan Swallow. (Denver: Sage Books, 1966. 136 pages.... more
          • Re: Longabaugh and New Mexicogobby git, Sat Mar 17 11:56am
            Thanks Dan ... had the first part but not the third part after it trails off ... thought the bit about Loganís attorney, Sam Haskell, former mayor of Knoxville might be of interest ... no help with... more
            • Re: Longabaugh and New MexicoDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 12:29pm
              Thanks. Yes, the Haskell idea is interesting. Whoever Brown Waller was, he mentions in his acknowledgement having visited libraries, archives, & historical societies in more than 20 Western US... more
              • Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sat Mar 17 4:32pm
                If the "New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors" is to be has Brown Waller as a pseudonym of Waller Brown Fraser, with birth date of 29 April 1905. If this is correct then he was... more
                • Re: Brown WallerDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 6:08pm
                  Bob, where oh where did you fish out the part about Fraser going bonkers in his dotage? That was some serious angling. Dan
                  • re: Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sat Mar 17 9:27pm
                    The Tampa Tribune 20 Oct 1973, The Tribune also has his death notice 6 Jan 1974. Walter wrote a thesis at the University of Tennessee for his Master degree in 1930. It was titled "The Political... more
                • Re: Brown WallerDaniel Buck, Sat Mar 17 5:39pm
                  Bob, Thanks. What a story. He must have spent every waking minute researching because if his acknowledgements are to be believed, he visited more than 20 libraries, historical societies, and... more
                  • re: Brown WallerBob Goodwin, Sun Mar 18 9:35am
                    Dan, We have to remember when Brown Waller wrote his manuscript (before 1966) internet research was non-existent and research in major libraries was more limited than what we have today. He just... more
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