On November 20th, 1903, the cowboy Tom Horn was hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the murder of a fourteen-year-old boy. His trial was almost certainly influenced by sensationalistic “Yellow” journalism and the bitter cattle range wars of the day, and remains controversial even now. Horn had been many things – runaway farm boy, mule skinner, miner, rodeo champion, Pinkerton detective – but his greatest fame had been as a US Army scout and Indian interpreter in the Apache wars.
In this autobiography, written while he was in prison and published after his death, Horn describes his many exploits during that period. He provides a compelling firsthand account of cowboy life on the southwest frontier, of the complex and often violent relationship between Americans, Mexicans, and Apache Indians, and of celebrated characters such as Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and Al Sieber. This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and 12 photographs and illustrations from the first edition.
Table of Contents:
• I. Horn’s Boyhood.
• II. Horn Becomes Mail and Stage Driver.
• III. Horn Begins Life Among the Apaches.
• IV. Major Chaffee and First Military Indian Agency.
• V. Geronimo in the Height of His Power.
• VI. “Happy to Meet You in Battle as Well as in Council!”
• VII. Horn’s Knowledge of Apache Language Saves the Command.
• VIII. Forty Soldiers and Twenty-five Scouts Against Three Hundred Chiricahua Braves.
• IX. A Daylight Surprise – “And the Fight Was On!”
• X. “This Is a Trap, Men Will Leave This Post Who Will Never Return Alive.”
• XI. The Fort Fired Upon, “This Means War.”
• XII. Border Justice to Horse-Thieves Dealt Under Horn’s Directions.
• XIII. Sieber and Horn, “An Armed Force,” Invade Mexico.
• XIV. Indian Troubles Begin in Earnest.
• XV. Etiquette of an Indian Council.
• XVI. Horn Becomes Chief of Scouts to Succeed Sieber.
• XVII. The Five Minutes’ Fight, Not a Foe to Tell the Story!
• XVIII. Geronimo and the Entire Tribe Break Out Again.
• XIX. The Language of a Cold Trail.
• XX. Attack Upon Geronimo’s Camp.
• XXI. Unwarranted Attack by Mexicans Under Corredor.
• XXII. Horn Returns to Mining.
• XXIII. Horn Goes to Denver to Work for Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
• Supplementary Articles
• Miss Kimmell’s Statement
• “Life’s Railway to Heaven”
• Statement by Al Sieber
• Closing Words by J. C. Coble