Columbus… Hero or Genocidal Maniac?


Well, you know, research can be a strange bedfellow sometimes, and this bit of research and historical account is something that I bet you’ll not read in any history book — unless you really search for it.

It’s not a nice piece of history, all decked out with ribbons and glory, but having learned of this through some research — and with Columbus day having just passed — I thought I’d post this piece, although it might be one of the most unpopular blogs I’ve done.  Some things, however, should be known.

But before I go into this in any detail, let me say that I will be giving away a free tradepaper copy of RED HAWK’S WOMAN today.  Please refer to our contest rules (link is at the bottom of this page in my bio).

th[2]That said, let’s get on with the subject of this blog today.  Columbus.

I had run across this research originally several years ago — but not in any detail, and certainly not enough information to do a blog.  But recently, I’ve had my nose in history and other such things, and this popped up again.  Thus, my post today.

I guess we’ll start with the brothers Christopher and Bartholomew Columbus and their second trip to the Americas.  One thing I hadn’t been aware of and probably other people aren’t either, is that Christopher had a brother who sailed with him.  Another fact that many are not aware of is that these brothers were not Spanish, but were Italians.  And although this next part is generally known to the American Indian, it gets no “press” in the educational system, and so this information might seem strange to you at first.

columbus_on_hispaniola[1]The fact of the matter is that these two people were responsible for the mass murder of about two million Taino people who were living on the island of Hispaniola.  Some estimates are higher at about 3 million people.  They accomplished this terrible crime in approximately four years, but the crux of the story is not only the genocide (which is bad enough), but the bestiality by which they accomplished this act.  Another fact that isn’t well known is that neither Christopher not his brother, Bartholomew were truly of the Christian faith.  They had “escaped” harm in Spain by pretending to convert to Christianity.  But the truth of the matter is that it was a lie, was nothing more than pretense, and was done, so the story goes, in order to escape torture, themselves.

It’s reported that Christopher Columbus personally killed approximately 500,000  American Indians.  How he and his brother did this was to erect wide gibbets — gibbets is that structure that is made to hang people.  But they didn’t merely hang their victims, they did it in such a way so that their feet could hardly touch the ground.  Worse, however, they lit a low fire under them that caused a painfully slow death.

th[4]Another fact that isn’t generally known (although it IS known amongst American Indians) is that Christopher Columbus and his brother had come on this, their second trip, to obtain slaves, which they did do.  Those souls that they could get their hands on — that they didn’t kill by slow torture — they loaded onto their ship, and set sail.  Rape was another crime that this man and his brother were responsible for.  Rape, murder and theft.

The interesting fact is that there were other explorers before Columbus who had made journeys to America.   Why was this mass murderer given credit for this “discovery”?  After much pondering, I guess my theory for this historical lie is because the history books are written by those who conquer a people, and the more I delve into history (real history), the more I become of the opinion that the history that we are spoon fed in school is nothing more than fairy-tales, all dressed up to hide the ugly truth.  Sigh…

columbus[1]Personally, I like this poster.

Having run across much of this information years ago, I stopped celebrating Columbus day several years back.  If anything, when that day comes, I say a prayer for those nameless souls whose only fault was that they weren’t like he was.  They were different.

But there’s a saying that goes “viva la difference.”  (French for “Long Live the Difference.)

Unfortunately, it seems to me that we as human beings need to grow up.  In all groups of people or society there are those who would profit by daunting another’s dreams…those who would enslave…and those who would sink to the very depths of humanity.  I don’t believe there is any race of people who are scatheless from such crimes, so it’s useless to try to pin such a thing on a specific group of people.  Rather individuals who do these things — regardless of ethnic background — should be known for what they are:  nothing more than a criminal.  Certainly not a hero.

Well, I hope you will forgive me for such a gloomy post.  But seeing the “excitement” of Columbus day all around me, I felt I needed to speak up.  Do come on in and share your thoughts with me.


Karen Kay
KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the author of 17 American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great-great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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Louise Gouge Will Visit On Wednesday!

Then Came LoveMiss Louise Gouge comes calling on Wednesday, October 14!

She’s so excited about her new book– THEN CAME LOVE. It just won second place in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award in the long historical category. The Fillies are dancin’ a jig for her. 

Miss Louise always brings interesting topics to whet your appetite so don’t miss this.

That’s Wednesday, October 14th!



Felicia Filly
When I'm not keepin' all these Fillies in line, I'm practicing my roping so I can catch me a cowboy. Me and Jasper (my mule) are two peas in a pod. Both of us are as crotchety as all get-out.


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Hi everyone, Winnie Griggs here.

Did you know that, in addition to this being Columbus Day, it is also National Gumbo Day? And since I was born and raised in Louisiana , gumbo is one of my favorite dishes to both eat and cook. While seafood gumbo is one of the more popular versions, I prefer a good chicken and sausage gumbo.  But before I share my recipe with you, I thought I’d share a bit of trivia and history surrounding gumbo first.

Gumbo has been a staple of south Louisiana cuisine for nearly 300 years and there are as many variations on it as there are cooks. While I learned from my mother who learned from hers, and my daughters are now learning from me, you can sample gumbos from each of us and you’ll discover no two taste the same. All true gumbo cooks put their own spin on their dish.

Gumbo is a true multi-cultural dish. While there are debates over its origins, there is no doubt that it contains strong influences from the French, African, Acadian and Native American cultures as well as lesser influences for the Spanish, Italian and even Germans.

There are two theories as to where the dish got its name. The most popular theory is that it originated from the West African word for okra, ki ngombo.  The other theory is that it comes from the Choctaw word for sassafras, which is kombo. (filé powder, a common gumbo ingredient, is ground sassafras).

Most gumbos start with a roux, a mixture of flour and oil employed by French cooks as early as the 14th century.  Much of the thickness, color, and texture comes from the use of this rice and oil mixture.  As for the rest, some cooks prefer to thicken with okra, some with filé (but an authentic gumbo would never contain both).

Now, here is my own favorite gumbo recipe:


  • 1/4 cup butter or vegetable oilGumbo
  • 2 tblsp flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 5-6 cups chicken or seafood stock (can substitute water if this is unavailable)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lb sliced okra (best if sautéed separately with ½ teaspoon vinegar until the ‘slime’ is gone)
  • 4 lbs meat – any one kind or a combination of your favorites.  Meats that work well in a gumbo are Sausage (cut into ½ inch slices), deboned chicken or other fowl, pork, shrimp, crawfish, crab or even game meats. I normally use 2 pounds each of chicken and a spicy sausage.
  • Tabasco sauce, Creole seasoning or liquid shrimp boil to taste (optional). I use Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.

Note, when I’m looking to change it up a bit I will add a small can of diced tomatoes to the gumbo at the same time I add the broth.



  • Use flour and oil or butter to make a roux.
    Do this by combining the two ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cooking over a low heat,  stirring constantly until the mixtures turns the color of a copper penny (about 15-20 minutes).
  • Add garlic, onions, green onions and celery.  Cook until tender
  • Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT okra (and shellfish if applicable) and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and cook for 30 minutes
  • Add okra (and shellfish if applicable).  Return to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for another twenty minutes, adding more liquid as needed.
  • Remove bay leaves, skim excess oil, and serve over rice.

Leftovers (if there are any!) can be frozen for later consumption.


So what about you – do you enjoy gumbo? Do you have a favorite kind?  Have you ever cooked it yourself?


Winnie Griggs
Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.
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Patti Shene Has a Winner!

Sharene my autographed bookBig thanks for Miss Patti for sharing her meeting with Matt Dillon! He was sure a tall drink of water!

Winner of the $10 Amazon gift card is………


Woo-hoo! I’m dancin’ a jig for you, Sally! Miss Patti will shoot you an email so be watching for it.

Felicia Filly
When I'm not keepin' all these Fillies in line, I'm practicing my roping so I can catch me a cowboy. Me and Jasper (my mule) are two peas in a pod. Both of us are as crotchety as all get-out.

Jane Porter’s Chasing the Rodeo Winner!

country_450x2Hi all, I’m just popping in to announce my winner for this month’s post about Chasing the Rodeo!  I’ve so enjoyed hearing your thoughts and learning about your experiences.  Thanks for sharing and keeping me company this month.

My winner for a signed copy of She’s Gone Country and some fun Jane Porter reader swag is Laurie G!  Laurie, shoot me an email at jane(at)janeporter(dot)com with your mailing info so I can get these goodies to you soon.

See you all next month!

Jane Porter
Jane Porter, the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of 50 romances and fiction novels, holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award in the US five times, with her novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014. In 2008 Jane's wildly popular novel, Flirting with Forty, was made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear, and just recently Jane has had two more stories optioned for cable movies. For more info, visit


Today’s blogger Patti Shene

Sharene James bookWe all have a hero, someone we’d like to meet in person someday. I met mine for the first time on our grainy black and white TV in our Long Island home when I was all of four years old. The first episode of Gunsmoke aired on September 10, 1955. That evening, Marshal Matt Dillon, played by the 6’7” blue-eyed Minnesotan, James Arness, was introduced into our living rooms. He stayed there for twenty years.

Throughout my teen years in the sixties, my admiration for James Arness remained steadfast. I lived for Saturday nights and my weekly dose of Gunsmoke. Tuesday and Thursday evenings were also special, the evenings the half hour reruns, renamed Marshal Dillon, aired.

Even though raised on the east coast, I’d been in love with westerns and the west all of my life. I moved to Colorado in my early twenties, ironically, to a small town on the eastern plains where another Gunsmoke main character, Ken Curtis, had grown up.

Gunsmoke went off the air in 1975 and those shows became only memories. That following year, I heard portions of the movie How the West was Won would be filmed at Bent’s Old Fort, a historic site a mere ten miles from my home. Jim Arness starred in that movie, playing the part of rugged mountain man Zeb Macahan. Oh, man, I was finally going to get to see my lifelong hero!

It was thrilling to stand on the balcony of the fort, look down on the courtyard and observe the big man in action. Still, there was no opportunity to speak to him, shake his ham-sized hand, or smile into those huge blue eyes.

When Gunsmoke came back on the air in this area on TVLand, I invested in a new VCR and a multitude of video tapes. One night I was checking the internet for anything Gunsmoke and came across the Delphi Gunsmoke message board, an internet group that shared about everything Gunsmoke. It was there that I learned that James Arness had written his autobiography and was hosting a bookSharene my autographed booksigning at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles. Now was my chance to meet my hero in person, face to face!

Even Sharene Jim Arness & Patti 2001 booksigningthough I was fifty years old at the time, I tingled with the excitement of a kid on Christmas morning as I walked into the auditorium and saw Jim sitting on the stage, dressed as Marshal Matt Dillon, waiting to greet his fans. We had each been assigned a number, and mine was thirteen. I had to wait for twelve people to have their turn before I got mine! There were a hundred and fifty people in line behind me, so I carefully planned the words I would say in the thirty seconds I would probably get with him.

When it was my turn to speak to Mr. Arness, he and his lovely wife, Janet, made me feel like I was the most important fan in the whole room. We visited about the town where I live and the fact that I know many people who were personal friends with Ken Curtis. He loved to joke, and his blue eyes sparkled with laughter.

Our day didn’t end with the booksigning. Jim, Buck Taylor, who also starred in Gunsmoke as gunsmith Newly O’Brien, Bruce Boxleitner, star in How the West was Won, and Jim Byrnes, who Sharene My numberwrote some of the Gunsmoke episodes, held a question and answer panel. It was such fun to listen to the actors answer questions from the audience and share stories of their acting experiences together.

I had the privilege of returning to LA in 2003 to celebrate Jim’s 80th birthday along with other fans. Our Delphi Gunsmoke group presented Jim with a statue of a horse and rider, which one of our members carried all the way from Massachusetts on the Amtrak! I compiled a book of birthday cards and letters from those who were unable to attend, but wanted to send their greetings. I was honored to present that to him. We had planned to present the gift and book during the event, but his PR manager arranged for our group to meet with him privately in a small room away from the crowd.

JSharene Bruce Boxleitner, Buck Taylor, Patti, Jim Arness 2001 booksigningames Arness passed in 2011, but his name lives on in television history, representing justice, patriotism, self-respect, and worthy of the highest admiration. In all the parts he has played, he has portrayed characters that emulate our basic American principles and values. I am so blessed that one of my prayers was answered, to meet my lifelong hero in person!

I would like to offer a $10.00 Amazon gift card as a giveaway. Hopefully, the winner will use it to enjoy a 19th century historical novel set in the American west. There is plenty of wonderful work by talented authors out there to choose from!

Patti still loves Gunsmoke and likes to write Gunsmoke fan fiction. She plans to complete her contemporary and historical western novels in progress and pursue publication someday. Currently, she hosts Step Into the Light, a blog talk radio interview format show that serves to help people out of darkness into the light of God’s love, grace, and faithfulness. Connect with Patti on her website (, her personal Facebook page, and her Step Into the Light Facebook page at or on Twitter

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Tanya’s “The Bridesmaid” Winners…

Way to go, darlin’s, MARLA and TRIXIE…your names jumped right out of Tanya’s Stetson in the name-draw of today’s commenters. Honest and true.  Please email her at tanya DOT hanson AT gmail DOT com to get your copy of The Bridesmaid..shiver, shiver. Spooky, spooky…2015-09-04 16.36.28 Halloween 2014Ps. Thanks to everybody who commented today and wished me well. Smooches…

Tanya Hanson
A California beach girl, I love cowboys and happy-ever-afters. My firefighter hubby and I enjoy travel, our two little grandsons, country music, McDonald's iced coffee, and volunteering at the local horse rescue. I was thrilled last year to receive the CTRR Award at Coffeetime Romance for Sanctuary, my tribute to my cancer-survin' hubby!

Pumpkin Time~ Tanya Hanson

The Bridesmaid,  my historical western short story releasing today, ain’t all white lace and a wing-ding 1880’s bachelorette bash. There’s a woman drowning in a well.MarryingMinda Crop to Use

Except the well is dry…

For this spooky romance, I tied together some things I truly love–Colorado, cowboys, and weddings, and added some hints of mayhem and madness. Of course, our heroine, bridesmaid Lydia does find her True Love with handsome rancher Garner. If you wonder how a happy ending can emerge after serial murders, well, cuddle up with your Kindle and find out! The Bridesmaid is short, sweet, and scary, all three. 2015-09-04 16.36.28

I will give away two Kindle copies, so don’t forget to comment. Check back late tonight or tomorrow, take a peek at our sweepstakes rules in the meantime.

Anyway, The Bridesmaid’s bride Milly plans some odd wedding decor using pumpkins, but for the rest of us, pumpkins are a most enduring and endearing symbol of autumn. Although I live on a cul de sac in a suburb, our town is surrounded by agriculture.2015-10-05 14.03.04-1 (2)


And one of my favorite fields is…the nearby pumpkin patch! How better can it get than picking your pumpkin from the place where it grew? My grandsons have such fun.Punkin patch 2015

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So I reckon it’s time to regale you with pumpkin facts.

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  1. Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and yup, California grow 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins a year.
  2. 90 percent of pumpkins are grown within the 90 miles surrounding Peoria, Illinois.
  3. The average price of a pumpkin is fifty cents a pound. Five bucks will get you a pumpkin the size of a basketball.
  4. The pumpkin is related to cucumber, zucchini, cantaloupe and watermelon.
  5. Native to Central America and Mexico, the pumpkin has been cultivated for 5,000 years. Now it’s grown on six continents.
  6. In 1584, French explorer Jacques Cartier found a “gros melon”, which is translated as pompion. From the Greek pepon, meaning, duh, great melon. Pumpkin derives from all that.
  7. The pumpkin is a great source of Vitamins A and B, iron, potassium, and protein. High in fiber, it’s low in calories, fat and sodium. (I suppose this might not count if you’re ingesting a pumpkin pie or lattes…)
  8. The heaviest pumpkin recorded so far (2012) weighed more than a ton!
  9. In the early days, rather than the pies you see in Thanksgiving decor, Pilgrim women cut off the pumpkin’s top and replaced the innards with cream, honey, eggs and spices. Baked it in the ashes and had a wonderful custard.
  10. For the early settlers, dried pumpkin shells became bowls and storage containers.
  11. Pumpkin shells were supposedly used as templates for male haircuts. If you ever read the term “pumpkinhead” in that time period, that’s why.
  12. They also made pumpkin beer, fearful as they were of the New World’s water–due to pollution in the rivers back home. (ick, rivers flowing with raw sewage and animal carcasses…)

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Anyway..early settlers also fed pumpkins to their livestock, and all may have died of starvation otherwise.

From a Pilgrim verse, circa 1633:

…we have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon.

If were not for pumpkins, we should be undone….

Of course, pumpkins wouldn’t be pumpkins without Jack O’Lanterns. Originally a tradition in Ireland, glowing faces were carved from turnips and potatoes. Irish immigrants in America found pumpkins easier to hollow out.

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Here’s a hint to keep Mr. Jack O’Lantern fresher longer. Clean his entire carved face with a damp cloth to rid bacteria, then spray him with a solution of 1 tablespoon bleach per quart of water, and keep him out of sunlight.

Now, go enjoy pumpkin bread, scones, cheesecake bars, pumpkin latte, soup, and yes, ale! (I’d love ya to stop by my Punkin board on Pinterest.)

Now, the magic question: what pumpkin fact did you find most interesting? 


Four nights in her dreams, a handsome cowboy tries to kiss her…letting Lydia think she’s close to finding true love. Off to Colorado for her friend Milly’s wedding, she’s stunned to realize her cowboy is…Milly’s bridegroom.

She’s standing right in front of him, the beautiful woman Garner has ached to kiss in his dreams for four long nights. Milly’s bridesmaid. Can he betray his bride…even as his love for Milly turns to terror?

Since you’re probably hungry for more, this story is also part of a wonderful 2014 multi-author collection.

The BridesmaidI found these fun facts at sites for, Tween Us, Pumpkin Fresh, Wikipedia, Colonial Williamsburg, and University of Illinois.

Tanya Hanson
A California beach girl, I love cowboys and happy-ever-afters. My firefighter hubby and I enjoy travel, our two little grandsons, country music, McDonald's iced coffee, and volunteering at the local horse rescue. I was thrilled last year to receive the CTRR Award at Coffeetime Romance for Sanctuary, my tribute to my cancer-survin' hubby!

Patti Shene Rides For the Junction!

Sharene my autographed bookMiss Patti Shene has put her feet in the stirrups and won’t stop until she arrives on Friday, October 9!

You don’t want to miss this dear lady. She going to tell about meeting James Arness of Gunsmoke fame.

I’m green with envy. Shoot, I might just have to tie her up and steal that autographed book!

Miss Patti is giving away an Amazon gift card.

Don’t you dare miss this. Gonna be lots of fun!

Felicia Filly
When I'm not keepin' all these Fillies in line, I'm practicing my roping so I can catch me a cowboy. Me and Jasper (my mule) are two peas in a pod. Both of us are as crotchety as all get-out.

Capt. William J. Fetterman: Fatal Hubris

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William J. Fetterman, Capt., U.S. Army

William J. Fetterman, Capt., U.S. Army

“Give me eighty men and I’ll ride through the whole Sioux Nation.”

So said Capt. William J. Fetterman in late 1866 as he assumed command of a U.S. Army detail tasked with defending a woodcutting expedition against Indians in the Dakota Territory. A fellow officer had declined the command after mounting, and failing to sustain, a similar effort two days earlier.

Fetterman overestimated his abilities and severely underestimated his opponent.

Born in Connecticut in 1833, William Judd Fetterman was the son of a career army officer. In May 1861, at the age of 28, he enlisted in the Union Army and immediately received a lieutenant’s commission. Twice brevetted for gallant conduct with the First Battalion of the 18th Infantry Regiment, Fetterman finished the Civil War wearing the brevet rank of lieutenant colonel of volunteers.

After the war, Fetterman elected to remain with the regular army as a captain. Initially assigned to Fort Laramie with the Second Battalion of the 18th Infantry, by November 1866 he found himself dispatched to Fort Phil Kearny, near present-day Sheridan, Wyoming. Since the post’s establishment five months earlier, the local population of about 400 soldiers and 300 civilian settlers and prospectors reportedly had suffered fifty raids by small bands of Sioux and Arapaho. In response, the fort’s commander, Col. Henry B. Carrington, adopted a defensive posture.

Red Cloud, ca. 1880 (photo by John K. Hillers, courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Red Cloud, ca. 1880 (photo by John K. Hillers, courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Fetterman immediately joined a group of other junior officers in openly criticizing Carrington’s protocol. Although the 33-year-old captain lacked experience with the Indians, he didn’t hesitate to express contempt for the enemy. His distinguished war record lent credence to his argument: Since the Indian raiding parties consisted of only twenty to 100 mounted warriors, the army should run them to ground and teach them a lesson.

Fetterman’s voice and continuing raids eventually convinced the regimental commander at Fort Laramie to order Carrington to mount an offensive. Several minor scuffles, during which the soldiers proved largely ineffective due to disorganization and inexperience, merely bolstered the Indians’ confidence. Carrington himself had to be rescued after a force of about 100 Sioux surrounded him on a routine patrol. Even Fetterman admitted dealing with the “hostiles” demanded “the utmost caution.”

Jim Bridger, at the time a guide for Fort Phil Kearny, was less circumspect. He said the soldiers “don’t know anything about fighting Indians.”

On December 19, an army detail escorted a woodcutting party to a ridge only two miles from the fort before being turned back by an Indian attack. The next day, Fetterman and another captain proposed a full-fledged raid on a Lakota village about fifty miles distant. Carrington denied the request.

On the morning of December 21, with orders not to pursue “hostiles” beyond the two-mile point at which the previous patrol had met trouble, Fetterman, a force of seventy-eight infantry and cavalry, and two civilian scouts escorted another expedition to cut lumber for firewood and building material. Within an hour of the group’s departure from the fort, the company encountered a small band of Oglala led by Crazy Horse. The Indians taunted the army patrol, which gave chase … beyond where they had been ordered not to go.

The great Sioux war leader Red Cloud and a force of about 2,300 Lakota, Arapaho, and Northern Cheyenne waited about one-half mile beyond the ridge. In less than twenty minutes, Fetterman and all eighty men under his command died. Most were scalped, beheaded, dismembered, disemboweled, and/or emasculated.

Plaque at the site of the battle (courtesy Phil Konstantin)

Monument at the site of the battle (courtesy Phil Konstantin; used with permission)

The Indians suffered sixty-three casualties.

Among the Sioux and Cheyenne, the event is known as the Battle of the Hundred Slain or the Battle of 100 in the Hands. Whites know it better as the Fetterman Massacre, the U.S. Army’s worst defeat on the Great Plains until Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer made a similar mistake ten years later at Little Big Horn in Montana.

Whether Fetterman deliberately disobeyed Carrington’s orders or the commander massaged the truth in his report remains the subject of debate. Although officially absolved of blame in the disaster, Carrington spent the rest of his life a disgraced soldier. Fetterman, on the other hand, was honored as a hero: A fort constructed nearly 200 miles to the south was given his name seven months after his death. A monument dedicated in 1901 marks the spot where the officers and men fell.




A war of another kind erupts within the pages of Prodigal Gun, the only novel-length western historical romance ever nominated for a Peacemaker Award. A Texas fence war pits cattlemen against sheepmen and barbed wire, bringing a notorious gunman home sixteen years after the Confederate Army declared him dead. The book is available in trade paperback and all e-formats at virtual bookstores everywhere. (An excerpt is here.)



Kathleen Rice Adams
A Texan to the bone, award-winning author Kathleen Rice Adams spends her days chasing news stories and her nights and weekends shooting it out with Wild West desperados. Leave the upstanding, law-abiding heroes to other folks. In Kathleen's imagination, even the good guys wear black hats.

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