WorldCat Identities

Ball, Larry D. 1940-

Overview
Works: 8 works in 42 publications in 1 language and 4,680 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV8145.N6, 363.2
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Larry D Ball
The United States Marshals of New Mexico and Arizona Territories, 1846-1912 by Larry D Ball( )

11 editions published between 1977 and 1999 in English and held by 2,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Desert lawmen : the high sheriffs of New Mexico and Arizona, 1846-1912 by Larry D Ball( )

13 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 1,835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An historical survey of frontier lawmen in territorial New Mexico and Arizona reveals that sheriffs were generally elected to four year terms, defended settlers and protected their property from violence, and performed other duties ranging from tracking down stagecoach robbers and serving court warrants to locking up drunks and quelling domestic disputes
Tom Horn in life and legend by Larry D Ball( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some of the legendary gunmen of the Old West were lawmen, but more, like Billy the Kid and Jesse James, were outlaws. Tom Horn (1860-1903) was both. Lawman, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw, and assassin, this darkly enigmatic figure has fascinated Americans ever since his death by hanging the day before his forty-third birthday. In this masterful historical biography, Larry Ball, a distinguished historian of western lawmen and outlaws, presents the definitive account of Horn's career. Horn became a civilian in the Apache wars when he was still in his early twenties. He fought in the last major battle with the Apaches on U.S. soil and chased the Indians into Mexico with General George Crook. He bragged about murdering renegades, and the brutality of his approach to law and order foreshadows his controversial career as a Pinkerton detective and his trial for murder in Wyoming. Having worked as a hired gun and a range detective in the years after the Johnson County War, he was eventually tried and hanged for killing a fourteen-year-old boy. Horn's guilt is still debated. To an extent no previous scholar has managed to achieve, Ball distinguishes the truth about Horn from the numerous legends. Both the facts and their distortions are revealing, especially since so many of the untruths come from Horn's own autobiography. As a teller of tall tales, Horn burnished his own reputation throughout his life. In spite of his services as a civilian scout and packer, his behavior frightened even his lawless companions. Although some writers have tried to elevate him to the top rung of frontier gun wielders, questions still shadow Horn's reputation. Ball's study concludes with a survey of Horn as described by historians, novelists, and screenwriters since his own time. These portrayals, as mixed as the facts on which they are based, show a continuing fascination with the life and legend of Tom Horn
Elfego Baca in life and legend by Larry D Ball( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Mexico's Elfego Baca earned a place in Southwestern legend in 1884 as a young deputy sheriff of Socorro County. In the town of Frisco he held off a gang of rioting cowboys for 36 hours, killed four of the gang, wounded eight others, and walked away without a scratch. But there was more to Baca than this incident. He rose in his accidental profession of the law to a political career that last a half-century. He served as sheriff of Socorro County, practised law, operated a detective agency, published a Spanish language newspaper, became associated with the Victoriano Huerta movement in the Mexican Revolution, and engaged in real estate and mining speculation. While a lawyer by profession, politics were Baca's ruling passion. He held numerious local elective offices but his hopes for a career in federal service were dashed with the disgrace of Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall
Ambush at Bloody Run : the Wham paymaster robbery of 1889 : a story of politics, religion, race, and banditry in Arizona Territory by Larry D Ball( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details violent robbery of an Army payroll escorted by Buffalo soldiers, pitting blacks against whites, Gentiles against Mormons, Democrats against Republicans, lawmen against outlaws, and neighbors against neighbors
Voices from State : an oral history of Arkansas State University by Larry D Ball( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The office of the United States marshal in Arizona and New Mexico territories, 1851-1912 by Larry D Ball( Book )

5 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Petty embroilments of armed constabulary duty" : the United States army in law enforcement during the Kansas-Missouri border wars, 1856-1860 by Larry D Ball( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Desert lawmen : the high sheriffs of New Mexico and Arizona, 1846-1912
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Desert lawmen : the high sheriffs of New Mexico and Arizona, 1846-1912Elfego Baca in life and legendAmbush at Bloody Run : the Wham paymaster robbery of 1889 : a story of politics, religion, race, and banditry in Arizona Territory
Languages
English (42)