“The Blood-Stained Diary”


"It's just a little blood-stained book, Which a bullet has town in two; It tells the fate of Nick and Nate...." The singer recounts the words of Nathan D. Champion's diary as he and his companion are attacked in the Johnson County War


Burt links this with an event she calls the Johnson County War, a conflict in Wyoming between honest herders and cattle rustlers. There are, apparently, conflicting versions of what happened; see Burt for details. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Burt, pp. 175-177, "The Blood-Stained Diary" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Burt175


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Keywords: death homicide cowboy
Found in: US