Captain Jack Helm: A Victim of Texas Reconstruction Violence

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University of North Texas Press
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6.4 X 1.1 X 9.2 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author
CHUCK PARSONS is the author of Captain John R. Hughes and The Sutton-Taylor Feud and coauthor of A Lawless Breed, a biography of John Wesley Hardin, and The Notorious Luke Short. He lives in Luling, Texas.
"A biography of Jack Helm is long overdue. Captain Jack Helm is more than a fine gunfighter biography: it is a vivid statement about the murderous violence of Reconstruction in Texas. Chuck's use of the old term 'Helmized' is both amusing and a revelation of Helm's character and merciless behavior."--Bill O'Neal, State Historian of Texas and author of The Johnson-Sims Feud

"Helm played a significant role in the events that unfurled during Reconstruction in Texas. Parsons's use of primary and secondary sources is extraordinary, and his attention to detail is meticulous."--Donaly E. Brice, co-author of The Governor's Hounds: The Texas State Police, 1870-1873

"[An] in-depth biography that reads like a Western! Highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review
"[Helm] left a trail of victims--and was a victim himself, of a violent time and place. His story is worth the telling, and Chuck Parsons has done it well."--Tombstone Epitaph
"Parsons' biography aptly demonstrates the skillful hand of a true historian and points out the very irony of Helm's own death."--Plum Creek Almanac
"Parsons's research has gathered many loose threads to weave as complete a tapestry of a controversial man as we will likely ever have."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"Parsons' study provides readers with a much-needed biography of an important Reconstruction figure previously neglected by scholars."--Central Texas Studies Journal
""Parsons uses census records, materials from the Texas State Archives, county records, and newspapers to trace the life of a violent man who lived in violent times. . . . [T]he book succeeds in leaving any reader with a sobering impression of life in Reconstruction Texas."--Journal of Southern History
"[V]iolence was almost circular in Reconstruction-era Texas. Helm, who was accused of being a murderer himself, was murdered by someone who could have been one of his own victims. Thus, Helm becomes a victim of the violence he helped, in part, generate."--West Texas Historical Review