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AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum

Re: Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves

I would like to thank you and the previous post with your kind words concerning my appearance on the "Wild West Tech" program last nite. I enjoyed doing it and more than glad to help spread information concerning Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves. One of the items they had wrong in the program was the fact that Reeves died at the age of 71, therefore he couldn't have been a city policeman for Muskogee, Oklahoma in his 80s. His mother was in her late 80s when he passed in January of 1910. The shootout with Webb in the program made it appear that Webb was fairly close, Reeves shot Webb at 500 yards. Webb was wanted for the murder of a black preacher, and was not a bandit and horsethief as the program described. Webb was a foreman for a large ranch in southern Indian Territory (Oklahoma). The owner of the ranch was a bully and a tyrant, the black preacher owned a small spread that was adjacent to the large ranch, which was called the Washington-McLish Ranch near the Red River. The black preacher tried to burn some grass on his farm and it got out of control and spread to the larger cattle ranch. It cost the black preacher his life at the hands of foreman Webb. The bottom line is that Bass Reeves is finally getting some recognition. He was a much better lawman than Wyatt Earp. Thanks again, I will continue to spread the word concerning the black experience on the western frontier. Happy Trails!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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