Ben Lilly: Bears, Blades & Contradictions


© Jesse L. “Wolf” Hardin, 2006, updated February 2020.

About the Author: Jesse L. “Wolf” Hardin is the author of the popular book Old Guns & Whispering Ghosts which includes a number of fascinating stories of the colorful characters and firearms of the wild West, as well as dozens of previously unpublished historical photos. Hardin is a lifelong student of Western history and antique firearms, as well as a prolific artist, entertaining Old West presenter and storyteller.  In addition to Old Guns & Whispering Ghosts, he has published four other books as well as numerous articles that have appeared in more than 100 magazines. Hardin, who lives in an isolated canyon in the Gila Mountains of southwest New Mexico, also tends to a wildlife sanctuary. To learn more about Jesse Hardin and his newest book, visit his website:

Also See:

Adventures in the American West

Elfego Baca & The “Frisco War”

Explorers & Frontiersman List

John Wesley Hardin & The Shootist Archetype

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