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 THE ENGLISH WESTERNERS'  SOCIETY

A member of Westerners' International, the English Westerners' Society, was founded in November 1954, the ninth such group organised and the first outside the United States. It is an educational, non-profit making organisation whose object is to pursue and promote the study of American Frontier History. To this end, the Society issues publications and holds meetings.

Response from fellow scholars in the United States has been helpful and positive over the years. The very first Elmo Scott Watson Prize for Historical Journalism was gratefully received and the Society has been the recipient of two Heads Up Award in recent years from Westerners' International. The award has three categories for which separate awards are given. One to corrals or posses formed before 1973, one to a corral or posse organized in 1973 or later and one to a foreign corral. Judging is on programs, membership, publications, activities and community contributions.
 

2011 Winner of the Westerners International 'Heads Up Award' for Overseas Corrals

2013 Winner of the Westerners International 'Heads Up Award' for Overseas Corrals

2015 Winner of the Westerners International 'Heads Up Award' for Overseas Corrals

The regular publications of the Society are the Brand Book and the Tally Sheet. The latter is a newsletter publication issued three times a year containing Society news, current information, articles, book reviews and book lists. The Brand Book is the Society's printed journal, presenting original research papers to members and occasional out-of-print items. Since 1964, a series of  Special Publications have been issued and a number of these are still in print.

The Society holds its Annual General Meeting and Lunch in London, normally on the first Saturday in October, and other occasional meetings may be arranged at alternative times and places during the year. For many years the venue for the Annual meeting was the stately Over-Seas House, Park Place, off Piccadilly and overlooking Green Park. Since 2007 the Society has held its Annual meeting at Doggett's Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, City of London, SE1 9UD. Doggett’s Coat and Badge is blessed with one of the best locations in London. Based on the south bank of the river with stunning views of the Thames, The City, St Paul’s Cathedral and beyond.

The English Westerners' Society Charter  See English Westerners' Society Charter

Membership of the Society (£15.00 annually) is open to residents of the British Isles, and includes receipt of the regular publications, voting rights, and use of free information and Tally Sheet advertising services.  Associate Membership ($30.00 annually) is open to those resident outside the British Isles and includes receipt of the regular publications only.

Membership Applications are welcomed. Please supply your name and address, together with a note of any particular Frontier History interests. Cheques, in Pound Sterling or US Dollars please, should be made out in favour of 'The English Westerners' Society' and sent to: Barry Corbett, Paddock Gill, Frog Lane, Felton, Bristol, BS40 9UN, United Kingdom or E-mail Raymond Cox the Secretary EWS if you wish to make a prior enquiry.

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Recently Published, the Latest and Future Brand Books 

and Special Publications

For Brand Books and Special Publications published see Recent Publications

 

Brand Book - Volume 47 (2 Titles)

 

The first Brand Book in Volume 47 (Winter 2013) is The 'Fighting Seventh' at Canyon Creek by Francis B. Taunton and it delves into an engagement on 13th September 1877, just over 12 months after the regiment had suffered a terrible defeat at the Little Bighorn. This time their opponents were the Nez Perce led by Chief Joseph. It is a fight that the regiment itself has failed to describe in its own history. Why this is the case is unknown as it can not be described as either a defeat or a success. Six companies under the command of its regimental commander, Colonel Samuel D. Sturgis, whose son had been killed with Custer, participated. Many readers will know about the flight of the Nez Perce in 1877 from their homeland in an attempt to reach Canada with the US Army in hot pursuit. The Seventh were ordered to intercept the Nez Perce but the encounter on the 13th September was only possible because some of the Nez Perce had committed some minor depredations and the smoke from burning buildings enabled Sturgis's command to locate them in Canyon Creek. What followed is told in this book.

 

The final Brand Book in Volume 47 is a double issue (2 & 3) and covers Spring and Summer 2014, entitled "Jim Cummings, the last of the Jesse James gang", it is by Robert Wybrow and tackles the story behind the robbery of a St. Louis and San Francisco train on 25 October 1886 that was supposedly committed by Jim Cummings who had been a member of the Jesse James gang. Cummings participation in the robbery was claimed by David S. Fotheringham, the train's express messenger. As a result of this claim the newspapers were quick to provide details of Cummings past involvement with Jesse James, describing him as possibly the last member of the gang who could answer his name at a roll call with the exception of Frank James. Fotheringham's description of the robber and of the robbery itself didn't add up and there were those who suspected he knew more of the event than he was prepared to tell. This is a fascinating account of how the real Jim Cummings past association with the James gang was used to identify him as the the robber when the act itself was actually carried out by others.

 

Brand Book - Volume 48

 

The first Brand Book in Volume 48 (Winter 2014) is Corporal Edward Scott, Frontier Cavalryman written by Allan Radbourne. Scott was an African-American who served in both the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry from 1878 to 1887. Scott participated in a number of engagements during his service including the fight at Milk River where his troop, who went to relief of another column, were themselves besieged by Utes. His final encounter was with a band of Apaches led by Geronimo. By this time he was serving as a corporal in K Company, 10th U.S. Cavalry. His company had been in pursuit of the Indians and followed them into Mexico. Scott would be wounded in the fight and was rescued by Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke who would receive the Medal of Honor for his gallantry. Scot's wound would lead to the amputation of a leg. He was medically discharged in 1887 and returned to civilian life in Washington D.C., it was here he met his wife Sarah and settled down.

 

 

Frederic Remington, Illustration, that appeared in Harper's Weekly, 21 Aug 1886 depicting rescue of Corporal Edward Scott by Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke.

 

Black Elk, Mexican Joe & Buffalo Bill: The Real Story is the second Brand Book in Volume 48 (Spring 2015) and is written by  Tom F. Cunningham. He tells the real story behind Black Elk's time in Europe based on his extensive research, as a result of his dissatisfaction with earlier work that tended to dismiss Mexican Joe's outfit as "a show that left little trace."  Readers will have been familiar with Black Elk from his autobiography Black Elk Speaks written on his behalf by John G. Neihardt and Colonel William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, needs no introduction. Less may be known about Mexican Joe, who was “Colonel” Joe Shelley and not to be confused with another Wild West Show performer with the same nickname, Jose Barrera. This book provides insights into Black Elk's time with Mexican Joe's show from May 1888, after being left behind with three other young Lakota's who had been with Buffalo Bill's Wild West tour, until he left Mexican Joe's outfit in the spring of 1889 through ill-health. He would eventually rejoin with Buffalo Bill and eventually return to the Pine Ridge Reservation in the USA that same year.

The third and final book in the Brand Book in Volume 48 ( Summer 2015) is Edge of Darkness: The Final Days of Ben Thompson by Douglas W. Ellison and is about Ben Thompson (2 November 1843 – 11 March 1884), a Yorkshire man born in Knottingley, who travelled at the age of eight with his parents to the USA. He would become famous as a man of the gun and at times was a gunman, gambler, and lawman of the Old West. He was a contemporary of “Buffalo” Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, John Wesley Hardin, and “Wild Bill” Hickock, some of whom considered him a friend, others an enemy. Thompson fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and later for Emperor Maximilian in Mexico. When hired in 1881 as marshal in Austin, Texas, the crime rate reportedly dropped sharply. Thompson was murdered at the age of 40 in San Antonio, Texas in the “Vaudeville Theater Ambush” whilst attending a show with the rancher King Fisher. This book tells the story of Thompson’s final days leading up to both his and Fisher’s death.

Ben Thompson and King Fisher

Brand Book - Volume 49

The first Brand Book in Volume 49 (Winter 2015) is 'Reminiscences of Sam Graham' edited and annotated by Chuck Parsons. Sam Graham was one of the few Texas Rangers of the Frontier Battalion who left his memoirs for later generations. The original manuscript is now in the collection of Texas State Archives and Library in Austin and was written in the early 1930's and donated to the Archives on 13 November 1936. Graham joined the Texas Rangers on 8 July 1878 and served for five years, almost continuously until his discharge on 31 August 1882.

The second Brand Book in Volume 49 (Spring 2016) English By Birth, Scottish by Blood by Peter G. Russell and Leslie Hodgson and is on a member of Custer's Seventh Cavalry, Trooper John Stuart Stuart Forbes, who had enlisted as John S. Hiley on 22 January 1872 in New York. He was assigned to Company E; participated in the Yellowstone Campaign (1873); the Black Hills Expedition (1874); and killed with Custer’s column at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. This publication is a fitting tribute to the memory of John Stuart Stuart Forbes particularly as 2016 marked the 140th anniversary of the battle where he gave his life for his adopted country. This volume also includes Letters to Private John S. Hiley by Leslie Hodgson and Peter G. Russell.

Photograph of the monument on Last Stand Hill where John Stuart Stuart Forbes is recorded as J. S. Hiley.

(Photograph courtesy Kevin Galvin)

The final Brand Book in Volume 49 (Summer 2016) is Bat Masterson A Denver Sporting Man: Further Fist Fighting Out West  by Keith F. Robinson's relates the story of Bat Masterson in his middle years. Masterson was a well-known as a lawmen, which was only one of many adventurous careers he pursued. Later he followed a number of equally dangerous modes of employment that included gambling, saloon owner, and that of a sporting man. This publication follows Bat's life as a sporting man whilst living in Denver. Masterson was a resident in Denver c. 1882-1902, it was during this period he became active in the fight game as a backer, second, referee and promoter; all of which became essential preparation for his later career as a New York sportswriter specialising in boxing. His stay in Denver however was not always welcome by some of its residents.

Brand Book  - Volume 50

The first Brand Book in Volume 50 (Winter 2016) is Mexican Joe Volume II: The Running Wolf Years by Tom F. Cunningham is the second volume and continues the story of Mexico Joe Shelley and his Wild West show that toured the United Kingdom. This volume opens with a report on an attempt on the life of Mexican Joe by an Indian known as Running Wolf in November 1887. Newspaper reports stated this had been the fourth attempt of Running Wolf to shoot his employer. To what extent that this was a publicity stunt is discussed given that at the time Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was touring England. Running Wolf, it was claimed was an Apache who was a fearsome savage with seventy scalps to his name and had been a member of Geronimo's band who had broken out of the reservation in 1886.

The second and final Brand Book in Volume 50 (Spring & Summer 2017) is The Battle of the Robe Entrenchments, Wolf Creek, and the Great Peace of 1840: The Anatomy of War, Trade, and Diplomacy on the Southern Plains by Phillip Robinson. In this book Phillip reminds us that although warfare between the tribes on the plains however bloody it might become, it was not necessary what tribes sought. Trade was a key component of of inter tribal relationships and only when diplomacy failed would a tribe resort to violence. This book examines this in the period 1837 and 1840 on the Southern Plains.

There are a number publications at various stages and we will keep you updated.

Special Publications

Special Publication 10. More Sidelights of the Sioux Wars was sent to members as the Brand Book for 2002/2003. This Special Publication contains four articles, two by Barry C. Johnson on Herendeen and Cadet Marcus Reno, an article by Rod MacNeil on the Custer's Approach to the Little Big Horn River and the fourth is by Francis B. Taunton on the Yellowstone Campaign of 1873. It contains maps, colour and black and white photographs. (Please also note this Special Publication was issued in lieu of Volume 36 - there were no Brand Books numbered Volume 36.) NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Special Publication 11A. Vignettes in Violence a Special Publication issued as Volume 1 of the Golden Jubilee Publication contains a Foreword by Joe Rosa, an Introduction by Barry Johnson and contains four articles, one by Chuck Parsons on an Englishman James W. Grahame who found adventure in Texas, the second article is by Robert Wybrow about Missouri being one of the most peaceful States, the third is by Jeffrey Burton on The Duellists of Devil's River and the fourth is by Roy O'Dell on Frank Clifford - a man who had not necessary attracted the attention he deserved as an outlaw. It contains black and white photographs and illustrations. (Please Note because this Special Publication was sent to all member, as a result Volume 37 comprised of only one Brand Book.)

Special Publication 11B. The Secrets of Box 20: Custer's War Department File 1861-1897 edited by Barry C. Johnson including Foreword and Introduction is a Special Publication and Volume 2 of the Golden Jubilee Publication. Although General George Armstrong Custer's personal file has been available to researchers since the 1950's , up until then all were regarded as confidential, there was very little interest in Custer's file and Johnson explains why. The importance of this work however is the methodical way that Johnson has put this publication together. First explaining the how the Adjutant General's Office (AGO) compiled such records known as A.C.P. files after "The 'Appointments, Commission and Personal Branch" whose responsibility it had been to maintain the files. Then he assesses the  the contents of Custer's file, which contains very little information regarding Custer's campaigns or battles, before giving readers an insight into the AGO in Custer's time. The file itself is published in chronological order as the original file had been kept loosely and had clearly resulted in the files themselves becoming disorganised. The formatting of the original files has been retained included the spelling and it is believed this publication is the first time that the files have been reproduced in print.

This publication was sent to those members who were in the Society in 2007-2008 (This publication was in lieu of the Brand Books for 2007-2008 and is Volume 41.(New Members from 1 September 2008 are able to purchase this publication at the discounted members price.)

Special Publication 12A. Monahsetah: The Life of a Custer Captive This special publication, written by the late Peter Harrison and edited by Gary Leonard tells the story, based on Peter's extensive research, of Monahsetah, or Meotzi, was a young Cheyenne Indian woman captured by the 7th U.S. Cavalry following Custer's attack on Black Kettle's village on the Washita River in November 1868. Controversy has existed for decades over the question of whether Custer procured some sort of sexual relationship with Monahsetah and whether she bore a child by him. The book allows the reader to make up his or her own mind on this issue. It also fleshes out her long and adventurous life. In addition to her experiences at the Washita, she was wounded during the Sand Creek massacre, helped Custer procure the release from the Cheyennes of two women, was involved in the rescue of two of the German girls, and lived through one of the most tumultuous eras of Cheyenne history. She also was married several times. Her first husband was the son of Cheyenne Chief White Antelope, while later husbands included a retired mountain man, and a former Fort Marion captive who was later a scout for the Army.

Special Publication 12B. Deadly Days in the Old West: More Vignettes in Violence, is the second volume in The English Westerners' Society publications to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee. It is a collection of carefully researched accounts of the bad men of the Old West and their nefarious ways, all written by Society members with international reputations as experts in their fields. The authors include Jeffrey Burton, Roy O'Dell, Chuck Parson, Michelle Pollard and Robert J. Wybrow.

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Society News

REMINDER Subscriptions for 2017/2018 are due from 1st September 2017. Members should send their subscriptions to: Barry Corbett, Paddock Gill, Frog Lane, Felton, Bristol, BS40 9UN. Cheques should be made payable to "The English Westerners' Society".

Awards

Having won the Heads Up Award in 2011 and 2013 we were surprised but extremely pleased to complete a hat trick of wins with our notification that we had won for a third time for 2015. Associate member Chuck Parsons, along with co-author Jack DeMattos was also placed first in the 2015 Co-Founders Best Book Award for their book The Notorious Luke Short: Sporting Man of the Wild West

Society received it's second Heads Up Award. Having waited 40 years for the first award, the Society were once again honoured to receive the award for 2013.

The Society received the Heads Up Award for 2011 from Westerners International, our co-ordinating body. This was the first time for 40 years that we have received such an award and the committee believe this is largely due to our Golden Jubilee Publication, edited by Barry Johnson and we thank him for his work in delivering this 2-volume publication in particular the final volume. Associate member Chuck Parsons was also placed first in the 2011 Co-Founders Best Book Award for his book Captain John R. Hughes Lone Star Ranger.

Photograph Gallery

See photographs on  English Westerners' Society Photograph Gallery.

Members Books

Barry Johnson's tribute to the late Colin Taylor, who was one of the Society's Vice-presidents, is now published. The book is entitled Colin Taylor: Ethnologists of the Plains Indian. It is still available free to members of the Society, thanks to the generosity of Barry. Please contact the Chairman, Francis Taunton direct to receive your copy.

Prue Westbrook wrote a few years ago what she describes herself as a "factual" novel set in the time of Red Cloud's War. The title is Red Shadow on the Moon and is set within the context of the run up to what became known as the Fetterman Massacre, Red Cloud comes across an injured white boy on the outskirts of his village.  But who is he and what can his arrival in Red Cloud's village mean? For more information visit her website at www.pruewestbrook.com. We are also pleased to note that Prue has recently won a short story writing contest organised by the Fort Laramie Historical Association. Her story concerned the 1866 Christmas Ball at the fort, when those attending dramatically heard the news of the Fetterman Massacre.

Westerners International have given a brief but favourable review of the late Jeffery Burton's The Deadliest Outlaws.

Sandy Barnard's book A Hoosier Quaker Goes to War: The Life and Death of Major Joel H. Elliott, 7th Cavalry tells the story of this officer serving with Custer's Seventh Cavalry when he was killed at the battle of the Washita. Elliott had served with distinction during the Civil War which for a young man brought up in a closely-knit community of decidedly pacifist Quakers was remarkable. This book is available direct from AST Press or can be purchased on Amazon. Sandy has also been awarded the Jay Smith Award by the Little Big Horn Associates for his book Custer's First Sergeant: John Ryan that was published in 1996. The award is for  a book whose research and writing about the Little Big Horn story have withstood the test of time.

Sandy's latest publication is Photographing Custer's Battlefield: The Images of Kenneth F. Roahen published by the University of Oklahoma Press. the book provides a selection that relate to the Custer Battlefield of the 10,000 photographs that Roahen had taken and were donated to the Big Horn County Historical Museum in Hardin, Montana by his niece. He matches those with images he has taken to illustrate the changes in the terrain from when Roahen was photographing the battlefield.

Jeff Broome who has written a number of books as well as articles for the Society and Denver Westerners, has for his latest major work, Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver 1864-1869, was recognised with Third Place by Westerners International, for their Best Book Award for 2013.

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Golden Jubilee

Golden Jubilee. The English Westerners' Society celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2004. To mark the event a Golden Jubilee Publication was planned to be published, which would comprise of two volumes. The General Editors of Volume 1 were Barry Johnson one of the Society's two Vice-presidents and Francis Taunton the then Vice-chairman. Volume 1 - "Vignettes in Violence" was sent to members who had paid their 2004-2005 subscriptions. Volume 2 of the Golden Jubilee Publication was finally published in 2012 (almost in time for the 60th Anniversary!!) and entitled The Secrets of Box 20: Custer's War Department File 1861-1897 edited by Barry C. Johnson including Foreword and Introduction. This publication was sent to members in lieu of the Brand Book for 2007-2008 (Volume 41).

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Diamond Jubilee

In 2014 the Society celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. To mark the event a series of Diamond Jubilee publications have been planned. The first of these was Monahsetah: The Life of a Custer Captive. This was a limited first edition of 100 copies. The book is the culmination of over twenty years research by Peter Harrison and five years of careful editing by Gary Leonard. Monahsetah was a young Cheyenne woman captured by George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry following his attack on Black Kettle's village on the Washita River in 1868. For decades, there has been a controversy over whether or not she bore Custer a child. Peter Harrison's research throws considerable light on this question, but also fleshes out Monahsetah's long and eventful life. The cover painting 'Good-bye Sallie Anne' portrays Monahsetah's release from military custody in June 1869 was reproduced by Jerry Thomas a member of the Society.

The second publication in the Diamond Jubilee series is Deadly Days in the Old West: More Vignettes in Violence. It is a collection of carefully researched accounts of the bad men of the Old West and their nefarious ways, all written by Society members with international reputations as experts in their fields.

It is planned to produce one more publication dealing with the Indian Wars.

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Golden Jubilee Ties and EWS Polo Shirts

 

SPECIAL OFFER

The Commemorative Golden Jubilee Tie was limited to 50 only. A Special Price of £10.00 including postage and packaging. Place your order with  Barry Corbett, Paddock Gill, Frog Lane, Felton, Bristol, BS40 9UN. Cheques should be made payable to "The English Westerners' Society". Overseas members should contact Treasurer by e-mail to confirm method of payment and cost, which will be approximately $20 including postage and packaging. This is however dependant on exchange rate at the time of the order. 

 GET YOUR CHEQUE IN THE POST.

 

 

EWS Polo Shirts are available in three sizes; Medium, Large and Extra Large. Each Polo Shirt has the logo shown and is Bottle Green in colour. Anyone interested should contact Kevin Galvin. The unit price is £16.00 including postage and packaging. Members who attend the AGM can purchase their polo shirt there for £13.50 and save on the postage and packaging. Overseas members should contact Kevin by e-mail to confirm method of payment and cost, which will be approximately $35 including postage and packaging. This is however dependant on exchange rate at the time of the order.

 

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Articles

Articles: The English Westerners' Society have published material on the American West in both the Brand Book and the Tally Sheet since its founding in 1954. Many of the original articles are now out of print. It is intended that a selection of these works will be published on the website to engender further interest in the Society and encourage new authors to write in the future. It is also hoped that these articles will help students in the UK and abroad who have decided to cover the subject of the American West as part of their studies.

The first is an article They Wore the Yellow Ribbon written by Mary Christian on the lives of the wives who followed their husbands as they moved from post-to-post in the U.S. Army in the period 1860-90.

The second article was written in 1961 and appeared in the Brand Book, Vol. 3, No. 3 April of that year and was Publication No. 68. The Brand Book was then a Quarterly Publication. The article is The Men at Fort Stanton and was written by Philip J. Rasch.

In 1959 Colin Taylor wrote an article for the The English Corral of the Westerners entitled The Plains' Indian Shirts, it appeared in the Brand Book, Volume 1, Issue No. 3, January 1959. It was illustrated with a drawing that depicted how a Plain's Indians' shirt was made plus a number of photographed examples. Unfortunately the photographs did not photocopy well and attempts to locate the original illustrations at this stage has failed. The original text has now been reproduced courtesy of Robert Wybrow and a new drawing added that reflects the original plus a new set of colour images depicting typical shirts in replacement of those published in the 1959 publication.

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Book Reviews

Book Reviews: The English Westerners' Society have provided through the Tally Sheet, reviews on books covering the full range of Western topics. Some of the reviews published in previous edition's of the Tally Sheet are published on this website on a monthly basis and will remain on the website for approximately 12 months.   

January 2016 Book Review is on Tom Horn in Life and Legend by Larry D. Ball and reviewed by Mike Bell.

February 2016 Book Review is on South Pass: Gateway To A Continent by Will Bagley and reviewed by Raymond Cox.

March 2016 Book Review is on The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane by Richard W. Etulain and reviewed by Mike Bell.

April 2016 Book Review is on Rube Burrows, King Of Outlaws, And His Band Of Train Robbers: An Accurate And Faithful History Of Their Exploits And Adventures by George W. Agree and reviewed by Robert J. Wybrow.

Please remember as with any review, they are the comments of the reviewer only and ultimately we always recommend that you read the books for yourself and make your own judgement.

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Events

The 61st Annual Meeting will take place at Doggett's Coat & Badge on Saturday, 7th October 2017.

CAGB. The next Gathering of the CAGB takes place on Saturday, 4th November 2017 at the Doggett's Coat & Badge in London and members of the English Westerners' Society are invited to attend.

60th AGM. The 60th Annual General Meeting was held at Doggett’s Coat & Badge, situated at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, overlooking the River Thames, on Saturday 1st October 2016. As in the past, we the exclusive use of the terrace bar, where we socialised, took lunch and other refreshments, and the recently refurbished conference room, where we will held our meeting. The meeting started at 10AM with tea and coffee. After a short AGM, which re-elected the committee and in addition Mike Bell was also joined as the Assistant Secretary. Thirty members and guests were present and they enjoyed four presentations.

Members gathered on the Terrace at Doggett's Coat & Badge in 2016 at the 60th AGM.

Reports from the Annual General Meetings

59th AGM. The 59th Annual General Meeting was once again held at Doggett’s Coat & Badge, situated at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, overlooking the River Thames, on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Before lunch Mike Bell gave his presentation that covered the exploits of Butch Cassidy and his celebrated Wild Bunch. After lunch the members present enjoyed a talk by Allan Radbourne on the Pawnee Battalion, the auction then followed and the day ended with a talk by Brian Keefe on the origins of the Cheyenne. With the formal event over a number of those present adjourned to other bar at Doggett's to continue their discourse on the Old West.

 

Members gathered on the Terrace at Doggett's Coat & Badge that overlooks Blackfriars Bridge for the traditional group photograph in 2015.

Earlier reports from Annual General Meeting's.

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Links To Home Ranch, Other Corrals, Booksellers and Western History Sites

Please note links are checked to see they still connect. If you discover the site has moved please let us know.

Home Ranch

Westerners International (known as WI) is a non-profit foundation that was organized in 1959 to promote communication and cooperation between Westerner chapters (or Corrals as they are known), and to stimulate interest and research in the history of the American West. The WI “home ranch” is located at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, where the Buckskin Bulletin is published quarterly and mailed to the representative for each Corral still active. Copies of the Buckskin Bulletin can be downloaded from their website. Volume XLV, Issue 3, 2012 contains the announcement of the Heads Up Awards for 2011 to the Society and a report on our 56th AGM. Notice of the 2013 Heads Up Award to the Society is contained in Volume XLVII, Issue 4, 2014

Other Corrals

Other corrals online or now on Facebook include:

Scottsdale Corral of Westerners  is based in Arizona who meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Chicago Corral of Westerners was founded in 1944 and was the earliest Corral to which a number of early members of the English Corral of Westerners belonged.

Chisholm Trail Corral according to its website meets on the second Tuesday of each month except for June, July, August, and December at the Greens Country Club (unless otherwise noted)13100 Green Valley Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73120. Their website appears not to have been updated since 2007 although the Corral is still shown as active by Westerners International.

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners meets every second Wednesday of the month at Almansor Court, 700 S. Alamansor, Alhambra, California, which is 8 miles north of Downtown LA. It was founded in 1946 and they have a very active membership.

Powder River Corral of Westerners apparently meets monthly (with a few exceptions) for dinner, fellowship and to hear a guest speaker talk to our group on an interesting topic of western history. Website is not up to date  and the Corral no longer listed as active by Westerners' International.

Tucson Corral have a presence on the internet and in 2013 celebrated their 60th Anniversary. They gather together monthly to have fun, share a meal and listen to a presentation about the great and fascinating history of the American West. Their in-house publication is The Smoke Signal is an internationally recognised publication.

Booksellers

Uptons. There are other specialist Custeriana, Indian Wars and Frontier Military Bookshops around but starting with the best saves so much time. Email to request their latest catalogue.

Looking for books check out Abebooks.com they list over 30 million books from over ten thousand dealers.

AST Press which is run by member Sandy Barnard have a number of books specialising on the Indian Wars and Custeriana.

Book Express. For new book searches - the Internet's largest discount bookstore. Discounts appear to be substantial.

Member Alan Beattie has his own business, Americana Books. Members who are looking for their particular interest pertaining to the study of the American West will find a comprehensive stock of new, rare and out-of-print books contained in his book list.  Also in stock are a range of Journals, Magazines and Catalogues.

Western History Sites

The Old West Page. Western History enthusiast Jim Janke has assembled a reasonably staggering list of related links. Ought to be something for everybody. Remember to bid a fond farewell to anyone nearby before you go in there.

Overland Trail. Another  massive collection of Western History links to ride into the sunset. The History section alone boasts access to 2,500 other sites.

The Smithsonian Institution. Gives an overview of its Departments and Archives.

The National Archives. In Washington D.C. but linked to regional and specialist centres.

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Currently the headquarters of Westerners International in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. This site includes a virtual tour.

Oregon and California Trails Association. Added at the kind invitation of the Webmaster.  An E-mail discussion group exchanging views on the subject of 19th Century transportation.

Museum of the Fur Trade. This site tells the story of the Fur Trade. the museum itself is located in Chadron, Nebraska. It stands on the site of James Bordeaux’s trading post which was established for the American Fur Company in 1837. If you ever get the opportunity to visit you will not be disappointed.

Buffalo Bill Historical Centre. Not really one museum but five museums in one location. Located in Cody, Wyoming, this museum is a must to visit particularly if you are planning a trip to Yellowstone Park.

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British Links of Interest to Westerners

Custer Association of Great Britain The Custer Association of Great Britain was formally founded on 10th June 2000 and its aim is to promote the life and times of General George Armstrong Custer, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the Frontier Army, the Plains Indian Wars in general and the culture of those tribes. 

Museums in the UK  All of the links have been updated but if you find some no longer find the museums named websites please let us know. Most sites provide between minimal information but there are those that provide a virtual walk through on screen. Mainly they have American Indian and other Western items to view, so next time you are passing plan a visit. The British Museum's collection is relatively small in comparison to its other collections but definitely worth the trip and entry is still "free". Hastings is another museum that you may not have considered but it does have a first class collection.

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