130 Years Ago Today…

On St. Patrick’s Day, 1879, the Irish-American Henry McCarty aka Henry Antrim aka William H. Bonney aka Kid Antrim aka Billy the Kid met secretly with Governor Lew Wallace (a famed Civil War general) of New Mexico to make a deal regarding his activities during the Lincoln County War. The Kid agreed to submit to token arrest and give testimony in exchange for amnesty. However, the district attorney refused to play along with the arrangement and the Kid slipped jail and resumed his outlaw ways. While governor, Wallace wrote the beloved novel “Ben Hur”. I drew this with Rapidograph, brush and ink and it is one of the series of T-shirts sold at the Billy the Kid Pageant.


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