Johnson County War




Timeline

Y/M/D Description Place
1884/00/00 To made it difficult for ranchers to illegally brand mavericks (cattle found roaming the open range without a mother and without a brand), the Maverick Law makes it illegal to brand a maverick except under orders of the foreman of each roundup district.
1891/00/00 Several large ranchers, many of whom were members of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, recruit gunfighters from Paris, Lamar County, Texas and Idaho. Telling the hired guns that will be serving warrants to known rustlers and other dangerous outlaws. Paris, Texas
1892/04/05 Cattlemen from 6 large Johnson County operations, 5 stock detectives including Frank M Canton, 22 Texan gunfighters, George Dunning from Idaho and their commander Major Frank Wolcott and Dr Charles Penrose set out from Cheyenne on the afternoon train. Union Pacific Railroad Depot, Cheyenne
1892/04/06 The cattlemen mercenaries arrive in Casper, load their wagons and begin a march to Buffalo to take control of the courthouse, seize the weapons and then mete out severe justice to cattle rustlers and outlaws on their "death" list. Johnson County Courthouse, Buffalo
1892/04/06 The cattlemen mercenaries arrive in Casper, load their wagons and begin a march to Buffalo to take control of the courthouse, seize the weapons and then mete out severe justice to cattle rustlers and outlaws on their "death" list. Casper, Wyoming
1892/04/06 Cattlemen mercenaries stop at the Tisdale ranch and recruit two more men. They learn that fourteen rustlers are at the KC Ranch, about 18 miles north of the Tisdale ranch. Johnson County, WY,
1892/04/09 Terrance Smith rides 60 mi to Buffalo to alert Sheriff Red Angus. After a town meeting in the Occidental Saloon, a posse of 200 men, armed and provisioned by businessman Robert Foote, set off to the south to intercept the invading group. The Occidental Hotel, Buffalo
1892/04/09 Viglanties target local rancher and President of the newly-formed Northern Wyoming Farmers and Stock Growers Association, Nate Champion, besieging him at a cabin on the KC Ranch west of Kaycee. Kaycee, Wyoming
1892/04/09 Two trappers who had taken shelter for the night, are captured as they get from the Powder Rive. Nick Ray is shot and dies a few hours later.
1892/04/09 After witnessing the attack on Nate Champion, Jack Flagg rides to the Trabing post office south of Buffalo to give warning of the invading force. Trabing Station-Crazy Woman Crossing, Wyoming
1892/04/09 Champion keeps a diary: "Boys, I feel pretty lonesome just now. I wish there was someone here with me so we could watch all sides at once."
1892/04/09 Champion's last entry: Well, they have just got through shelling the house like hail. I heard them splitting wood.... I will make a break when night comes, if alive. Shooting again. .... The house is all fired. Goodbye, boys, if I never see you again.
1892/04/09 With the house on fire, Nate Champion signs his journal entry and puts it in his pocket before he running out the back door with a Colt Revolver and a Winchester. Champion is gunned down by four men firing simultaneously, hit by 28 bullets. Kaycee, Wyoming
1892/04/10 Sheriff Red Angus and a posse of 200 men besiege Wolcott's gunman at the TA Ranch. TA Ranch Historic District, Buffalo
1892/04/13 With the aid of theTroops H, C and D of the 6th Cavalry under Major Fechet, Col Van Horn accepts the surrender of Wolctt and his men and brings them toFort McKinney. Due to the influence of the WSGA, Wolcott and his Regulators are not charged. Fort McKinney, Buffalo

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Cultural Affiliation: American West
Profession: Cattleman


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