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John Graves, Larry McMurtry, and the Nature of Goodbyes

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Oliver Loving’s Death and the Fate of Gus McRae in Lonesome Dove

The elder partner in the famous team of Goodnight and Loving, and the man who pioneered cattle drives from Texas, Oliver Loving died in September, 1867–but the story of his death has lived on in Larry McMurtry’s novel Lonesome Dove. …

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The Texan Who First Called General Jackson ‘Stonewall’

When Barnard Bee was a misbehaving cadet at West Point, notorious for spitting tobacco and accumulating demerits, military glory was likely high on his list, but becoming known primarily for giving a nickname to another, more famous soldier surely was …

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The Cowboy Strike of 1883 and the Demise of Old Tascosa

A cowboy strike, in Texas?  In a state now known for its right to work laws and general hostility toward unions?  And cowboys–well, let’s just say that they are not often associated with the words “collective” and “bargaining.” Yet these …

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W.C. Brann, the “Iconoclast,” Was Killed in Waco in April 1898

Loved, hated, admired and reviled, the journalist William Cowper Brann was shot and killed on a Waco street on April 1, 1898. His death ended a long feud with supporters of Baylor University–an institution that he had accused of producing …

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The Complex Legacy of the Texas Revolution

Not so long ago, the great British historian J.H. Plumb, in his famous book The Death of the Past, not only described the distinction between the past and history, but predicted that the increasingly rationalistic west would soon throw off …

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Gail Collins Almost Remembers the Alamo

This essay by John Willingham was published by the History News Network on June 25, 2012. GAIL COLLINS ALMOST REMEMBERS THE ALAMO The first chapter of New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ new book about Texas is called “Remember the …

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The Alamo, Goliad, and the Age of Romanticism–Essay

Note: This is a more personal version of the same essay that appears on the main page under the same title. My novel THE EDGE OF FREEDOM, A Fact-Based Novel of the Texas Revolution, is mostly about the Goliad campaign …

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The Edge of Freedom–Review in Southwestern Historical Quarterly

By Bob Cavendish,  from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 115 (April, 2012): 428-429. The Edge of Freedom: A Fact-Based Novel of the Texas Revolution. By John Willingham. (Portland, Ore.: Inkwater Press, 2011. Pp. 404. Map, appendix. ISBN 9781592994465, 22.95 paper.) “Include, …

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