The Great Hanging in Gainesville Texas
The program for January 28, 2019, at 7pm in the Grapevine Public Library, Program Room is "The Great Hanging in Gainesville, Texas". The speaker is Richard B. McCaslin, author of "Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging in Gainesville, Texas 1862".
Tension between the Texas Confederate State and suspected Union supporters along with other factors contributed to one of the largest acts of mob violence and vigilantism in American history.
In the early morning hours of October 1, 1862, state militia arrested more than two hundred alleged Unionists from five northern Texas counties and brought them to Gainesville, the seat of Cooke County. In the ensuing days, at least forty-four prisoners were hanged, and several other men were lynched in neighboring communities. This event proved to be the grisly climax of a tradition of violence and vigilantism in North Texas that began before the Civil War and lasted long afterward.
Richard B. McCaslin (M.A. at LSU, Ph.D. at UT-Austin), a professor of history at the University of North Texas, is the author of Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862, which won the Tullis Prize of the Texas State Historical Association and a commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.