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Titles of Local Interest

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* Murder at the Corners by G.B. Ray

Details the Lee-Peacock Feud which took place from 1867 to 1871 in the contiguous corners of Fannin, Grayson, Collin, and Hunt counties.

Originally published in 1957, our trade paperback reprint edition is copyright 2002 (2nd edition published 2017).

Of all the painful times in the history of our country, there is no period harder or more painful for more people than the years that followed the close of the War Between the States. The thoughtless and bigoted in the North rejoiced at the fall of the Confederacy, but there was no rejoicing among true Southerners. Almost every man, woman, and child in the South suffered through these difficult and bewildering years.

Over most of the stricken South it was a question of survival, and of saving what­ever was possible from the rapacious carpetbaggers, the unjust taxation, and the freed­men. This was bad enough.

But in north-central Texas, where the counties of Grayson, Collin, Fannin, and Hunt joined, the postwar misery was sharply and for long years augmented by the flaming of a dreadful feud. Captain Bob Lee, late of the Army of the Confederate States of America, was at the center of this feud. His was a personality and character that all too fatally fit­ted him for his tragic role.

Captain Bob and his family were educated, and at the time of their coming to Texas had brought with them an undetermined amount of gold from Virginia. It was this gold, and the naive arrogance of the unconquered Confederate cap­tain, that gave birth to the blood-letting.

Captain Bob's home district-the Corners had been infiltrated by Redlegs from Kansas, by renegades and bushwhackers. These ruthless men set out to get both the cap­tain and his gold.

What success they had, and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of literally dozens of men on both sides of the quarrel, is told in the present book. The author has not only done an excellent job of hunting out the truth; the book is exceptionally well and clearly written, and the breathless reader will follow the course of escapes, robbery, and murder with all the intense interest he would bestow on the very finest suspense novel.

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* Legends of the Red River Valley by Bright Ray (aka G.B. Ray)

Collection of stories from the early days of the Red River Valley.

Originally published in 1941, our reprint edition is 258 pages, bound with a color photocopy of the original dust jacket.

Clearance Sale! Originally $15, now just $1.00 while supplies last.

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* Freebee: The Story of a Good-for-Nothing Horse, Recorded by Lynn S. Renau, Illustrated by Marilyn Todd-Daniels

Taryston, a magnificently bred Arab, was a failure at everything. Even his own mother said so. Sent to Kentucky for a timid teenager, Taryston ends up in the hands of an inept dressage rider instead. Nicknamed Freebee, the gentle gelding makes friends with older, wiser horses who introduce him to the Cosmic force that governs them.

Then fate and a hard fall shatter Freebee's world. He is given away again, this time to Thoroughbred racing's renowned "Buck" Huitt and his wife, Shirley. Ridden by Shirley's granddaughter, Freebee becomes a winner, but not before jealous rivals nearly kill him and extraordinary friendships change the whole meaning of his life.

Note: Freebee is illustrated by Whitewright artist Marilyn Todd-Daniels, founder of the Woodsong Institute of Art.

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* Great Drops of Blood Falling Down to the Ground By Joe W. Chumbley

Joe Wilson Chumbley was born and reared at Kentucky Town, mid-way between Tom Bean and Whitewright, Texas. This book's subject is "Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc."

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Murder and Mayhem: The War of Reconstruction in Texas by James M. Smallwood , Barry A. Crouch, and Larry Peacock

In the states of the former Confederacy, Reconstruction amounted to a second Civil War, one that white southerners were determined to win. An important chapter in that undeclared conflict played out in northeast Texas, in the Corners region where Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, and Collin Counties converged. Part of that violence came to be called the Lee-Peacock Feud, a struggle in which Unionists led by Lewis Peacock and former Confederates led by Bob Lee sought to even old scores, as well as to set the terms of the new South, especially regarding the status of freed slaves. Until recently, the Lee-Peacock violence has been placed squarely within the Lost Cause mythology. This account sets the record straight. For Bob Lee, a Confederate veteran, the new phase of the war began when he refused to release his slaves. When Federal officials came to his farm in July to enforce emancipation, he fought back and finally fled as a fugitive. In the relatively short time left to his life, he claimed personally to have killed at least forty people—civilian and military, Unionists and freedmen. Peacock, a dedicated leader of the Unionist efforts, became his primary target and chief foe. Both men eventually died at the hands of each other’s supporters. From previously untapped sources in the National Archives and other records, the authors have tracked down the details of the Corners violence and the larger issues it reflected, adding to the reinterpretation of Reconstruction history and rescuing from myth events that shaped the following century of Southern politics.

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Aftershock: Beyond The Civil War (DVD)

A inside look about life during the harsh period of Reconstruction after the American Civil War in rural southern states.

NOTE: Includes approximately 10 minutes about the Lee-Peacock Feud.

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Treasure Hunt by William Honan

In the last days of World War II, a thousand year-old trove of artworks and manuscripts, worth $200 million, disappeared from a mineshaft in Germany. Among the missing items were the world-famous Samuhel Gospels, a spectacular gold, silver and jewel encrusted ninth-century manuscript given to the Quedlinburg cloister by Germany's first King and hidden away by Heinrich Himmler in the last days of the Reich.

Forty-five years later, in an odyssey that stretched from the insular New York art world, to the quaint medieval town of Quedlinburg in central Germany, to a desolate Texas ghost town, New York Times reporter William Honan uncovered the clues that cracked the biggest and longest unsolved art theft of the century. Now he tells the complete story of how he tracked the thief--a compulsive kleptomaniac American G.I.--along a trail that had grown cold after almost half a century, leading him to the lost art in a small Texas farm town. It is a detective story filled with thrills, chills and laughs; a real-life mystery about the desperate search for the lost treasure, and the scores of art dealers, collectors, lawyers and officials all too easily corrupted by contact with it.

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The Liberators (DVD)

Medieval art treasures seized by the Nazis go missing at the end of World War II. Were they destroyed in the chaos of the final battles? Or were these thousand-year-old masterpieces stolen by advancing American troops? For over forty years, the mystery remained unsolved. A true detective story, THE LIBERATORS follows a dogged German art detective through the New York art world and military archives to the unlikeliest of destinations: a small town on the Texas prairie. The film raises intriguing questions as to the motivations of the art thief and the whereabouts of the items that, to this day, remain waiting to be discovered.

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Red Wing (DVD)

Filmed in Whitewright. A young couple takes in a mysterious foster child to raise on their farm. As the boy grows up to be a handsome young man, the husband starts to suspect his wife has feelings for him.

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