The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001 Page: 604
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
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For twenty years, grassroots historian C. L. Sonnichsen went door to
door through the backcountry of east and south-central Texas to coax
tales from reluctant informants and peruse county documents on the
colorful feuds that bloodied the state's early history. From these human
explosions emerged legendary gangs such as the Regulators Modera-
tors, Hoodoos, Heel Flies, and Boots. Personal vengeance righted intol-
erable wrongs and settled unbearable grievances. Unforgettable charac-
ters included Preacher Ase Mitchell who carried a coiled rope in his hat
and Gentleman Jim Miller who tipped his hat to the ladies and blasted
his enemies with buckshot. Sonnichsen believed that "The men who
fought these battles were mostly pretty good people," but they harshly
stamped their otherwise normal lives with bloody vengeance. He loved
their stories and chronicled them in his 1957 Ten Texas Feuds, which the
University of New Mexico Press has recently reprinted with a foreword
by Dale L. Walker, Sonnichsen's biographer. Order the book for $16.95,
paper, by phone at 800/249-7737 or online http://www.unmpress.com.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001, periodical, 2001; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101221/m1/682/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.