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The Lincoln County War

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House of Murphy

Former U.S. Army Quartermaster Lawrence G. Murphy retired at Fort Stanton in the newly-created Lincoln County. With help from his former comrades at the fort, he set himself in the lucrative business of filling government supply contracts for the soldiers and the Mescalero Apache. He espanded into mercantile, liquor, real estate, banking and politics and became the de facto emperor of Lincoln County.

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McSween and Tunstall

Canadian-born lawyer Alexander McSween and his wife Susan came to Lincoln County where McSween discovers that the monopolistic House of Murphy is financially vulnerable. McSween realizes that this empire could be toppled if he only had the money. Enter British investor John Tunstall who recognizes a good financial deal when he sees one.

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Tunstall is Murdered

Stung at being outfoxed by Alexander McSween and John Tunstall and by the loss of their business monopoly in Lincoln County, Murphy heirs James Dolan and John Riley decide to get even. They use court maneuvers, judicial and law enforcement friends, but things get heated; both sides are armed and Tunstalled is killed, setting off a full-blown war in Lincoln County.

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The Regulators

Gunmen hired for protection by John Tunstall set out to avenge his death. Calling themselves the Regulators, they target members of the Murphy-Dolan gang allied posse responsible for Tunstall's death and the sheriff who sent them.

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McSween House Shootout

Alexander McSween, accompanied by his hired gunmen, decides to ignore a warrant for his arrest and makes a stand in his house in Lincoln. It doesn't end well for him.

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Accompanying her ill-fated husband Alexander to New Mexico, Mrs. McSween survived the Lincoln County War and went on to become a successful rancher and businesswoman.