"A Stout Cord and Good Drop" is the dramatic tale of five young men caught up in the fight for control over the gold rich territory of Montana during the American Civil War. While a war for control of the country was being fought in the East, a war for control of a much greater prize - gold - was being waged in the newly formed territory of Montana. This was a lawless time where involvement could mean either death or glory and riches. With the formation of the Montana Vigilance Committee and their attempts to control the state, the people and the gold, five young men must fight for their families, their livelihoods, and their ultimate survival. This dramatic novel of intrigue in the Old West is based on actual events that surrounded Montana's gold rush era of the early 1860's.
James Gaitis is a successful trial lawyer and arbitrator. He is also a writer, editor, and an avid Western history buff.