Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California by John Boessenecker

By John Boessenecker

Badge and Buckshot is a finished ebook at a number of the once-famous peace officials and outlaws of outdated California. instructed right here 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 came about simply blocks from present-day la movie and tv studios; and Coates-Frost feud, California’s bloodiest vendetta, which persisted greater than 20 years and left fourteen males lifeless. right here, too, are the 1st entire money owed of Captain Ingram’s Rangers, the band of accomplice guerrillas who raided stagecoaches in California through the Civil conflict; Steve Venard, the soft-spoken lawman who killed 3 outlaws in one gunfight; and the mythical invoice Miner, whose occupation of banditry spanned nearly part a century. The manufactured from greater than ten years of painstaking learn, Badge and Buckshot recounts one of many forgotten sagas of the previous West, an action-packed story of shoot-outs, level holdups, manhunts, and lynchings. even as, via wide use of pioneer newspaper documents, courtroom documents, and formerly unpublished illustrations, it shatters outdated myths and demonstrates the final effectiveness of the felony justice procedure in outdated California. For genuine Americana, Badge and Buckshot isn't to be ignored.

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On May 2, 1864, Venard was elected to a one-year term as city marshal at a salary of seventy-five dollars a month, plus six dollars for each arrest he made that resulted in payment of a fine. Venard's new duties included numerous mundane tasks that few people today would ever dream could be the lot of a frontier lawman. Reported the Nevada City Gazette on June 4, 1864: Under the efficient superintendence of Marshal Steve Venard, the road between this place and Selby Flatat least so much of it as lies within the city limitsis being put in excellent condition.

The biggest haul made in these raids was $1500 but Wells Fargo's total loss was many times that amount. < previous page page_46 next page > < previous page page_47 next page > Page 47 The leader in these holdups was John L. Houx, a hardcase from Missouri who lived in Cloverdale. His lieutenant was Elisha William Andrus, a twenty-nine-year-old native of Warsaw, Illinois, who had worked as a butcher in Round Valley and was nicknamed "Bigfoot" because of the oversize shoes he wore to confuse trackers.

Mason and Frazier, in their haste to escape the nonexistent soldiers, fell headlong into the undergrowth. They got up, and Frazier said breathlessly, "We have done enough now. " Mason noticed that Rogers was missing and yelled for him but got no answer. The four scampered up the hillside like scared rabbits, coming onto the tracks above Cape Horn. Said Mason later, "After we got up on the railroad track, we met Rogers. " 30 Then the band split up, with Rogers returning to his home in Gold Run, and the rest going down to the cabin at Pickering Bar.

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