Following the publication of my latest Western novel, "Wood, Iron, and Blood", I've had a few questions from readers about how I'm able to find so much historical material in my research. The simple answer is, there's a lot of it out there. If you find a few sources and follow them, they lead you to others, until before you know it you've got far more information than you can actually use.
I thought I'd illustrate the depth of material available through three video clips. All are interesting and informative, and I recommend you take the time to watch them at your leisure. Remember, nothing you see or hear below is faked or "Hollywood-ized": it's as it really was, way back then.
They built them tough in those days!