feuds and range
wars were rampant throughout the American West, it seems the
Lone Star State
wins the "prize" for having the most. In virtually every county in the state,
bitter wars were waged, often beginning with a few family members before growing
to include hundreds of men. From disputes rising out of
Civil War sympathies, to
cattle thievery, and old-fashioned arguments between neighbors, the Lone Star
State was not only filled with violence stemming from numerous outlaw factions,
but also from locals killing each other.
Early-Hasley Feud (1865-1869)
- A family feud in Bell County,
became much embittered after the
El Paso Salt War (1877) - A feud
that occurred over the salt flats of the Guadalupe Mountains that culminated in
a bloody battle in the small town of San Elizario.
Horrell-Higgins Feud (1877) - This family feud
grew out of accusations of cattle theft in Lampasas County,
- A political war in Fort Bend
control of the county.
(1867-1871) - One of the best known of all the feuds in
Lee-Peacock Feud in northeast
this was not simply a dispute between families, but a continuation of the
lasting four bloody years after the rest of the nation had laid down their
Mason County War, aka: Hoodoo War
- A battle between rival German immigrants and
native Texans which occurred when large
numbers of cattle began to be killed or go missing.
War, aka: Shelby County Property War (1839-1844) - The first major feud to break out in
Texas was born
Texas’ days as a republic. For years, a strip of land in East
bordered Louisiana and Mexico had been ignored by Spanish, Mexican and
authorities. By the time
Texas became a republic, the swatch of land had
developed into a lawless place where land frauds, cattle rustlers, and killings
Sutton-Taylor Feud (1868-1873) - This family feud that grew out of the
bad times following the
occurred in DeWitt County,
Texas and was
was one of the longest and
bloodiest in the state.