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Bartlett - the owner of a small ranch. Worried about the cattle rustlers, he gives an impassioned speech about forming a posse.
Canby - the owner and bartender of the saloon that is the popular meeting place in Bridger's Wells.
Carnes - the guard on the stagecoach who fires into the posse, wounding Art's shoulder.
Drew - the owner of the largest ranch in the valley. Most of the hands seen in the novel work on his ranch, including Kinkaid and Farnley.
Farnley - a hand on Drew's ranch and a friend of Kinkaid. He distrusts Art and Gil, but invites them to play poker at Canby's saloon. Gil does not like his superior attitude and gets into a fight with him. He is infuriated about Kinkaid's murder and is eager to join the posse and find the killers.
Gabe - the assistant to Winder, the stage coach driver. A very prejudiced man, he eagerly joins the posse.
Greene - the young man who rides in to town to tell everyone about Kinkaid's murder.
Jenny Grier (called Ma Grier) - the owner of a boarding house in Bridger's Wells. She joins the posse.
Joyce - the clerk in Davies' general store.
Judge Tyler - the judge in Bridger's Wells, who is not well liked.
Kinkaid - a worker on the Drew ranch. His murder sets the action of the novel in motion.
Mapes - the deputy of Sheriff Risley who supports the formation of the posse and the lynchings.
Moore - the foreman on the Drew ranch. He is the only man present to take the leadership of the posse, but he does not do it.
Osgood - the minister at the local church who does not seem to have strong convictions.
Risley - the sheriff of the valley. Since his territory is so large, he is seldom found in Bridger's Wells and is not present when the posse is formed.
Rose Mapen - a beautiful woman who Gil dated in Bridger's Wells. She has been run out of town by the married women, who are afraid that she will attract their husbands.
Small - the driver of the stagecoach encountered by the posse.
Sparks - an elderly black man who works at odd jobs and joins the posse.
Winder - the stagecoach driver who eagerly joins the posse.
Carl Bartlett, Nate Bartlett, Mark - other members of the posse