Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California by John Boessenecker

By John Boessenecker

Badge and Buckshot is a complete e-book at a few of the once-famous peace officials and outlaws of previous California. instructed the following for the 1st time are the genuine tales of Ben Thorn, the iron-willed yet scandal-plagued sheriff of Calaveras County; John C. Boggs, the fast-shooting nemesis of the Tom Bell and Rattlesnake Dick gangs; Ben and Dudley Johnson, the infamous “Tulare Twins”; child Thompson, whose train-robbing exploits happened simply blocks from present-day l. a. movie and tv studios; and Coates-Frost feud, California’s bloodiest vendetta, which persevered greater than 20 years and left fourteen males useless. the following, too, are the 1st whole money owed of Captain Ingram’s Rangers, the band of accomplice guerrillas who raided stagecoaches in California through the Civil warfare; Steve Venard, the soft-spoken lawman who killed 3 outlaws in one gunfight; and the mythical invoice Miner, whose profession of banditry spanned nearly part a century. The manufactured from greater than ten years of painstaking examine, Badge and Buckshot recounts one of many forgotten sagas of the outdated West, an action-packed story of shoot-outs, level holdups, manhunts, and lynchings. whilst, via broad use of pioneer newspaper records, court docket documents, and formerly unpublished illustrations, it shatters outdated myths and demonstrates the general effectiveness of the legal justice procedure in outdated California. For genuine Americana, Badge and Buckshot isn't really to be overlooked.

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He spent several days hunting for Ah Sam without success but cautioned all the miners in the area to be on the lookout for him. On February 16, a group of miners whom Boggs had warned spotted Ah Sam near Rich Bar and corralled him in a pile of rocks. 26 When C. C. Crosby was elected sheriff of Placer County that fall, he wasted no time appointing John Boggs his undersheriff. Boggs served two years and in 1879 ran for sheriff himself, finally winning the office that had long eluded him. 27 < previous page page_28 next page > < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 George H.

This news, coupled with the note found by the tracks, focused the investigation at Nevada City, but the detectives soon became satisfied that they were barking up the wrong tree. 32 John Boggs was certain that the train wreckers were local men, probably miners, who knew how to use giant powder. He learned that Ed Steinegal had recently purchased a quantity of powder and fuse and was living in a cabin at Pickering Bar. On September 9, Boggs and Jim Hume rode down to the river and found Steinegal and Mason at the cabin.

Within a year Meadow Lake City was a ghost town. Steve Venard moved on and became a shotgun messenger for Wells Fargo, riding atop Concord coaches and mud wagons, guarding the company's treasure. In 1869, Wells Fargo sent him to guard their express coaches on the Central Pacific Railroad, and he served in the Mountain Division for two years. In 1871 he was back in Nevada City, working as a police officer. It was not long before Wells Fargo was again requesting his services, this time to round up one of the worst gangs of outlaws that ever plagued the North Coast.

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