A Forgotten Fighter at the Battle of Lincoln

Alexander McSween

Sebrian Bates is one of the forgotten Regulators in the Lincoln County War. A Black man, Bates was employed by Alexander McSween (photo). And on July 19, 1878, when the Regulators were trapped inside the McSween house by a posse and troops from Fort Stanton, Bates was sent out to reconnoiter. Instead, he was captured by the soldiers and forced to help burn the house. As the fire blazed, possemembers forced Bates and another Black to play music all night. The next morning, troopers forced him to bury McSween’s body.

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