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    LINCOLN COUNTY WARS DOCUMENT SIGNED BY SHERIFF WILLIAM BRADY KILLED BY BILLY THE KID 1876 - The Lincoln County War was a 19th century conflict between two entrenched factions in America's western frontier. The "war" was between a faction led by wealthy ranchers and another faction led by the wealthy owners of the monopolistic general store in Lincoln County, New Mexico. A notable combatant on the side of the ranchers was Henry McCarty (alias William H. Bonney), who is better known to history as Billy the Kid.

    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 regards the administration of the Fritz estate. It talks about the insurance policy that caused in part the Lincoln County War. (New Mexico) Signed by William Brady, the Sheriff that Billy the Kid killed. 12.5"x 8". Poor-good condition, the document has tears repaired with tape, but can be professionally restored.

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