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Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862

by Richard B. McCaslin

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My ggg-grandfather Arphaxad DAWSON was hung at this sad affair. This book chronicles the details of the men who died as well as the men who executed them. Lots of details and sources for the story of how Texans were torn between the two sides in the Civil War. ( )
  dkvietzke | Jul 11, 2006 |
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Winner of the Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize In the early morning hours of October 1, 1862, state militia arrested more than two hundred alleged Unionists from five northern Texas counties and brought them to Gainesville. In the ensuing days, at least forty-four prisoners were hanged and several others were lynched in neighboring communities. In the first systematic treatment of this grisly climax to a heritage of violence and vigilantism in North Texas, Richard B. McCaslin provides a unique opportunity to study the tensions produced in southern society by the Civil War, the nature of disaffection in the Confederacy, and the American vigilante tradition.

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