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    LINCOLN COUNTY WAR - KILLED BY BILLY THE KID, SHERIFF WILLIAM BRADY'S $8000 BOND, LINCOLN CO., NM. 1877 - William Brady, lawman (1825-1878) joined the 2nd New Mexico Volunteers Oct. 19 1861, being breveted major Oct. 27 1865, for gallantry in action against the Navajo Indians on July 1, 1865. After the war he remained in Lincoln County, New Mexico, becoming sheriff. Succeeded by others, and re-elected sheriff in 1875, serving till his death. He deputized those, including gunmen, who had killed Tunstall. Brady was shot from ambush at Lincoln, alleged by one or more of a trio; Billy the Kid, Henry Brown and John Middleton, of the anti-Dolan faction. The Kid was wounded in a flurry of gunshots that followed.

    April 1, 1878 Regulators Jim French, Frank McNab, John Middleton, Fred Waite, Henry Brown and Billy the Kid ambushed Sheriff William J. Brady and his deputies on the main street of Lincoln. Brady died of at least a dozen gunshot wounds, and Deputy George Hindman was hit twice, fatally. Once the shooting stopped, Billy the Kid and Jim French broke cover and dashed to Sheriff Brady's body, either to get his arrest warrant for Alex McSween or to steal his rifle. A surviving deputy, Billy Matthews, wounded both men with a rifle bullet that passed through each of their legs. French was wounded enough to the point where he couldn't ride, having to be hidden temporarily by Sam Corbet in a crawlspace in Corbet's house.

    This document is the "Collector's Bond for William Brady sheriff and Ex-officio collector, and said we L. G. Murphy and Jas. Dolan as sureties of said William Brady are held and firmly bound unto the Territory of New Mexico, in the sum of $8000.00 Dollars, lawful money of the United States, for payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally by these presents. January

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