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Books About DeWitt County Texas People and Places
What's Your Favorite Book about a DeWitt County Texas Person, Place or Event? Here are some of our favorites.


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The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense

Found Inside: "Captain McNelly was sent to DeWitt County in the spring of 1874 because of an outbreak of the Sutton-Taylor feud. On March 11 one of the Suttons and a man named Slaughter took passage on the steamer Clinton at Indianola. About one o'clock William Taylor and a companion boarded the ship, and shot Sutton and Slaughter to death in their cabin. The country seethed with excitement at this outbreak of an . . . " Read more Look inside

The West of Billy the Kid

Found inside:" Born in DeWitt County, Texas, April 23, 1854, "Gus" Gildea was the son of John E. and Mary Adelaide (Cashell) Gildea. After attending the "free school" in San Antonio for two years young Gus became a cowboy at age twelve . . . " Read more Look inside

Tales of Badmen, Bad Women, and Bad Places: Four Centuries of Texas Outlawry

Found inside: "How Buck got out of the Marlin jailhouse I don't know---my informant sort of glossed over that part---but when he got back to DeWitt County he was foaming at the mouth. He went all over DeWitt County naming Bill Sutton as a "damned horse thief." As a result, on Christmas Eve, 1868, Bill Sutton and one or more of his family or friends ambushed Buck Taylor and his close friend Dick Chisholm in Clinton and murdered both of them . . ." Read more Look inside

200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen

"William E. Sutton served in the Confederate Army, settli3eng in clinton, DeWitt County, Texas, at the conclusion of the war where he was a deputy sheriff. Sutton agitated a conflict wth the neighboring Taylor family by leading a posse that pursued and killed suspected horse thief Charley Taylor on March 25, 1868. This incident and others in 1868 prompted the Sutton-Taylor Feud, one of the bloodiest conflicts in Texas history. . ." Read more Look inside



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