The Document that Launched the Lincoln County War: Charles Fritz’s Writ of Attachment against Alexander McSween


a) Writ of Attachment and Summons. Attachment to Alexander A. McSween for Eight Thousand dollars, and summons to appear in court “to answer unto Charles Fritz and Emilie Scholand – Plaintiffs, in a suit for damages, for Ten Thousand Dollars.” The Endorsement section is signed by A.J. Fountain, Deputy. 10 7/8" x 7 3/4". Laminated.

This Attachment is the legal document that directly led to the taking of John Tunstall’s store (due to his partnerships with McSween) and to the posse going to Tunstall’s ranch to attach his horses, resulting in Tunstall’s untimely death and the start of the “Lincoln County War.”

b) Attachment cover page from the Court at Mesilla, N.M., for Charles Fritz and Emile Scholand vs Alexander A. McSween. Signed May 16, 1879. With imprint.

Lot 713, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $15,000-25,000.