Category Archives: Famous Incidents and Battles

The Graves at Dragoon Springs, Pathfinders

Doug Hocking will speak on The Graves at Dragoon Springs, at 6 P.M. Friday, November 4, to the Pathfinders at the Arizona Historical Society Museum on 2nd St. in Tucson. There are four graves at the Overland Mail Station at … Continue reading

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Fort Bowie, AZ

We went out to Fort Bowie for the Centennial of the U.S. Park Service. B Troop was there and we hiked in and around the fort. Fort Bowie was founded in 1862 by the California Column and name for one … Continue reading

Posted in 19th Century Army, Bascom Affair, Battle of Dragoon Springs, Butterfield Overland Mail, Chiricahua Apaches, Cochise, Dragoon Springs, Geronimo, Tom Jeffords | 2 Comments

The Graves at Dragoon Springs, WNPA

Western National Parks Association, Oro Valley Doug Hocking will speak on The Graves at Dragoon Springs, at 12 P.M., and 2 P.M. Saturday, August 27, at the Western National Parks Store in Oro Valley. There are four graves at the … Continue reading

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Kit Carson, Hero or Heel: Dispelling the false history of the ignorant and America hater

I was signing books in Santa Fe when a woman walked up to my table. “Your hero is Kit Carson? He was such a terrible person!” “What have you got in mind?” I asked. Her friend jumps in. “You better … Continue reading

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New Reviews of Massacre at Point of Rocks, Death on the Santa Fe Trail

Rae Whitley, Museum of the Horse Soldier, Tucson. Rae is a stickler for historical accuracy and detail. “I was cleaning up the museum and came across my copy of your book. I’m rereading it.”

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Culture in Historical Explanation

One of those things that troubles me is how historians handle culture. All too often culture becomes a sort of deus ex machina, God from the machine. Medieval playwrights would write themselves into a corner. To solve the problem God … Continue reading

Posted in 19th Century, About Writing History, Bascom Affair, Chiricahua Apaches, Cochise, Historiography, historiography, History of the west, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

The historian’s primary tools are logic and primary sources. Hang on to both. One of my favorite logical fallacies is: Post hoc ergo propter hoc. It happened first therefore it must be the cause. The sun rose in the sky … Continue reading

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Podcast Voices of the West

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, I did a radio interview with Emil Franzi on Voices of the West, a great guy and a great show. Here’s the podcast of the interview: Doug on Voices of the West.

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Trails, Raiding Trails and Lieutenant George Bascom

We spread a map flat on a table top and look at the world as though it were uniform. Mountains, canyons, rivers, swamps and hills disappear becoming all the same. And yet we know it’s not so. We know the … Continue reading

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