Gunfight of Blazer's Mills
Gunfight of Blazer's Mills (April 4, 1878) was a shootout between what
were known as the Lincoln County Regulators and buffalo hunter Buckshot
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Gunfight of Blazer's Mills? Try this Old West History Trivia quiz.
Answers at the bottom of the page.
1) The Regulators, to include Billy the Kid,
Charlie Bowdre, and led by Dick Brewer, were in the process of hunting
down anyone believed to have been associated with a murder, which had
sparked the Lincoln County War. Who was murdered?
- John Tunstall
- Mark Reynolds
- Tim Putemout
2) Blazer's Mill was located on a hillside between
Lincoln, New Mexico and Mesilla, and was owned by Dr. Joseph H. Blazer,
3) Blazer's Mill included a large two story house,
a large square office building, a sawmill, a grist mill, several one
story adobe structures and houses, a post office, a general store, and a
number of corrals and barns.
4) On April 1, 1878, who was NOT
ambushed and killed by the Regulators?
- Sheriff William J. Brady
- Deputy George W. Hindman
- Deputy Jack Lord
5) The Regulators were actually in Blazer's Mill
to have a good meal. What was the restaurant?
- Mrs. Godfrey's Restaurant
- Idama�s Restaurant
- McDonalds Family Restaurant
6) Buckshot Roberts wanted no part in the Lincoln
County War and had made plans to leave the area, selling his ranch and
waiting for the check from his buyer. Who sat with Roberts on the steps
of the main house and tried to talk him into surrendering.
- Frank Coe
- Billy the Kid
- Dick Collins
7) Regulator chief Dick Brewer grew impatient with
the stand-off and sent a few of his men outside to take Roberts into
custody. At the sight of the armed, quickly walking cowboys, Roberts
jumped up, aiming his Winchester. Both he and Charlie Bowdre fired at
the same time. Where was Roberts hit?
- Right arm
- Left leg
8) Dangerously wounded, Roberts kept pumping
bullets at the Regulators as he retreated to the doorway. John Middleton
was seriously wounded in the chest. One slug grazed Doc Scurlock and
another struck George Coe in the right hand, costing him his trigger
finger. Once the magazine of Roberts' rifle clicked empty, Billy the Kid
dashed from cover to finish off the wounded gunman, only to be knocked
senseless by the barrel of the Winchester.
9) Barricading himself in the house, Buckshot
Roberts ignored both his painful wound and the Regulators� gunshots,
arming himself with a single-shot Springfield rifle and readied himself.
10) Roberts, seeing the cloud of gun smoke from
the log pile, sighted in and opened fire when the cowboy put his head up
again, striking the cowboy in the eye. Who was the cowboy shot and
killed by Buckshot Roberts?
- Bill Kelly
- Bill Carson
- Dick Brewer