Fort Worth Westerners

Corral, Westerners International

The Corral meets the third Tuesday each month at 7 PM online via Zoom for a one-hour history presentation.

Topics include local, Texas, and Western history.
Speakers are members, local historians, and university professors.
Visitors are welcome.
If you would like to visit and need the Zoom login information, please use the contact form to request it.

Corral annual membership dues of $20/single and $30/couple are based on the calendar year and include the annual dues payable to our parent organization, Westerners International. Pay your dues online or by mailing us a check. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

The Fort Worth Westerners Corral was founded in 1965 and is the oldest of the eight active Corrals in Texas. Like the Westerners International organization, membership is open to anyone interested in Western history.

Bob Saul
Fort Worth Westerners' Sheriff
(does what a president does)

Phillip Williams
Fort Worth Westerners' Representative
(works as the representative for contacts with other Corrals, Posses, and the Home Ranch.)

Richard Robinson
Fort Worth Westerners' Keeper of the Chips
(does what a treasurer does)

October 19, 2021
Richard McCaslin

October 19, 2021: Richard McCaslin, "The Great Hanging in Gainesville, TX in Oct 1862"

"The Great Hanging in Gainesville, TX in Oct 1862"

Texas militia on October 1, 1862, scattered through several counties along the Red River, arresting more than two hundred suspected Unionists. In Gainesville, the seat of Cooke County, vigilantes executed at least forty-two of these men for conspiring to commit treason and foment an insurrection. Few of the victims had plotted to usurp Confederate authority, and most were innocent of abolitionist sentiments, but their pleas made little difference. Others were lynched in nearby counties, but the Great Hanging claimed the most lives in Gainesville, which became the town most closely identified with the atrocity in subsequent accounts. An inquiry into the circumstances surrounding this event offers useful insights into disaffection in the Confederacy. Not only is it the most spectacular of several such events in Civil War Texas, it is also the largest in United States history, and as such it attracted much contemporary notice. For what this event suggests about how the concerns of nineteenth-century Southerners for order and security shaped the course of the Civil War, the Great Hanging deserves as large a modern audience as it reached during the war, when newspaper editors across the country printed reports of the vigilantes in North Texas.

Meet Richard B. McCaslin

Richard B. McCaslin, TSHA Professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas, is the author or editor of eighteen books. These include Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862, which earned a Tullis Prize and AASLH commendation; Lee in the Shadow of Washington, which won a Laney Prize and Slatten Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer; Fighting Stock: John S. "Rip" Ford of Texas, which got a Pate Award and Bates Award; At the Heart of Texas: One Hundred Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897-1997, which won an Award of Merit from the Texas Philosophical Society, and Saratoga on the Cibolo: Sutherland Springs, Texas, which received a Publication Award from the San Antonio Conservation Society. His Tennessee volume for the Portraits of Conflict series earned the Douglas Southall Freeman Award, and the series received an AASLH commendation. A Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and Admiral in the Texas Navy, he also has commendations from the Civil War Round Tables in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Shreveport for his academic work on the Civil War era.