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Glencoe in Lincoln County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

John H. Tunstall

Murder Site

 
 
John H. Tunstall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
1. John H. Tunstall Marker
Inscription. In one of the Lincoln County Warís earliest violent encounters, John H. Tunstall was shot and killed at a nearby site on February 18, 1878. Tunstallís death set off a series of violent reprisals between his friends, among whom was William “Billy the Kid” Bonney, and forces of the Murphy/Dolan faction of the tragic conflict. Tunstall, an English businessman, came to New Mexico in 1876.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 33° 24.535′ N, 105° 27.112′ W. Marker is in Glencoe, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. Marker is on U.S. 70 at milepost 273.5, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glencoe NM 88324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John H. Tunstall Murder Site (Actual) (approx. 3.2 miles away); Murphy-Dolan Store (approx. 6.8 miles away); Lincoln (approx. 6.8 miles away); Site of Old Wortley Hotel (approx. 6.9 miles away); a different marker also named Lincoln (approx. 6.9 miles away); Old Dolan Home (approx. 6.9 miles away); Site of the McSween Home (approx. 6.9 miles away); Site of Squire Wilson's Home (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Regarding John H. Tunstall.
<i>Back of:</i> John H. Tunstall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
2. Back of: John H. Tunstall Marker
Points of Interest
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In February, 1878, Dolan and Murphy obtained a court order to seize some of Tunstall's horses as payment for an outstanding debt. When Tunstall refused to surrender the horses, Lincoln County Sheriff, William Brady, formed a posse led by Deputy William Morton to seize them. After protesting the presence of the posse on his land, Tunstall was shot in the head on February 18, 1878. This incident started what became known as the Lincoln County War.
 
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John H. Tunstall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
3. John H. Tunstall Marker
 
 
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