Lincoln County War | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Lincoln County War

Intervention by the US Cavalry from Fort Stanton under Colonel Dudley with Gatling guns ended The Lincoln County War

On 19th July, 1878, McSween and his supporters, including Billy the Kid, were besieged by Sheriff George Peppin and a group of his men. McSween's house was set on fire and several people were shot dead as they came out of the house. This included the unarmed McSween. Ella Davidson was living in the area at the time: "About noon we saw heavy smoke. It was the McSween store that had been set afire by the Murphy men to burn out the McSween men who were surrounded, so they couldn't escape. When the fire was under way Mr. McSween calmly walked to the door as if surrendering and was shot down. Then, two others that followed were riddled with bullets. George Coe, Henry Brown, and Charlie Bowdre were among the crowd that escaped. Billy the Kid was the last one left in the building. During the excitement of the roof crashing in, he rushed out with two pistols blazing. Bob Beckwith, whose shot had killed McSween, was killed by one flying bullet and two others were wounded. The Kid, with bullets whizzing all around him, made his escape."

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