They Shot Billy Today
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The Pleasant Valley War was about families and their determination to right a wrong done to another family member. The news of Hamp Blevins' death evoked more anger from Andy Cooper than his family had ever seen before. Tom Graham's daughter, Estella, said that her father didn't go to war until his half-brother, Billy Graham, was ambushed. Jim Tewksbury stated that there was no way he would live within a mile of the man [meaning Tom Graham] who had killed his brother, John.
Reason went out the window. Retribution was the only thought in mind. The damage done to the families, their allies and even the Territory of Arizona can only be seen clearly now, over a century later.
Added October 1, 2015