One More Killing A post-feud death put a bow on a Texas war.

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Belton Courthouse.

The Early-Hasley War was already over in the fall of 1869, having racked up a number of
killings in Central Texas. But there was one more killing to wrap up this continuation of
the Civil War.

Pro-Confederate Sam Hasley was in a drunk and disorderly mood in Belton, firing his
pistol and riding his horse on the sidewalks. Marshal Cap Light ordered Hasley to cease
and desist. Instead, the rowdy pulled his gun. Light was faster and more accurate,
shooting Hasley to death.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.