Rough Rider: Buckey O'Neill of Arizona by Dale L. Walker

By Dale L. Walker

Buckey O’Neill used to be well-known in Arizona Territory as a gambler, attorney, newspaperman, miner, sheriff, and flesh presser. This fast-moving narrative takes him from the streets of Tombstone the entire strategy to Cuba, the place he gained Theodore Roosevelt’s admiration because the wildest and bravest of the tough Riders.

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Sonnichsen; the Phoenix Public Library; and Jim Cook of the Arizona Republic Sunday Magazine in Phoenix. In El Paso I wish to thank Dr. Carl Hertzog and José Cisneros for their contributions to this book in particular and for long friendships in general; Dr. Milton Leech, Leon Metz, Dr. E. H. Antone, Dr. Haldeen Braddy, Dr. Ray Past, all of the University of Texas at El Paso, for sustained interest in the project; Russell D. Walker and James B. Murray for rare books, fine points of firearms, and military information.

Temporary buildings were erected at Ward's Island and Castle Garden, New York's main immigration ports of entry, to help the refugees. Many of them were suffering from the effects of starvation and the long voyage across the Atlantic, while many others were wracked with pain from "ship's fever," a variety of typhus. From the beginning of the great migration, New York and Philadelphia were havens for the newly-arrived Irish. By 1870, Page 8 St. Louis ranked high in Irish-American population with 55,000 out of the 1,171,000 total citizenry.

Garfias, with special deputies O'Neill and High McDonald and another officer, ran down the drunken cowboys Page 21 on a side street. Hardy cried to the others, "Boys, here they come! " Hardy fired a hasty shot at Garfias, who calmly dismounted, took aim, and hit Hardy in the pistol hand, then fired a second shot that blew the careening cowboy off his saddle. Buckey, McDonald, and their partner joined Garfias in running down the two remaining waddies, who were captured without a fight and taken to jail.

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