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Tainted Breeze

The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862

232 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / no illustrations

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807122198 / September 1997

In the early morning hours of October 1, 1862, state militia arrested more than two hundred alleged Unionists from five northern Texas counties and brought them to Gainesville. In the ensuing days, at least forty-four prisoners were hanged and several others were lynched in neighboring communities. In the first systematic treatment of this grisly climax to a heritage of violence and vigilantism in North Texas, Richard B. McCaslin provides a unique opportunity to study the tensions produced in southern society by the Civil War, the nature of disaffection in the Confederacy, and the American vigilante tradition. 


Richard B. McCaslin is a professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of North Texas.  He has published two books with LSU Press: Tainted Breeze, which won the Tullis Award and a commendation from the AASLH, and In the Shadow of Washington, which won the Slatten Award and Laney Prize, and was nominated for a Pulitzer in Biography. 

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