Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California by John Boessenecker

By John Boessenecker

Badge and Buckshot is a finished publication at the various once-famous peace officials and outlaws of outdated California. informed the following for the 1st time are the real 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 l. a. movie and tv studios; and Coates-Frost feud, California’s bloodiest vendetta, which continued greater than two decades and left fourteen males useless. right here, too, are the 1st entire bills of Captain Ingram’s Rangers, the band of accomplice guerrillas who raided stagecoaches in California through the Civil battle; Steve Venard, the soft-spoken lawman who killed 3 outlaws in one gunfight; and the mythical invoice Miner, whose occupation of banditry spanned virtually part a century. The fabricated from greater than ten years of painstaking study, Badge and Buckshot recounts one of many forgotten sagas of the outdated West, an action-packed story of shoot-outs, level holdups, manhunts, and lynchings. while, via huge use of pioneer newspaper documents, court docket files, and formerly unpublished illustrations, it shatters previous myths and demonstrates the general effectiveness of the legal justice procedure in outdated California.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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Nonetheless, they kept doggedly on, finally crossing the Sierra and arriving in California on September 19, 1850, ending an odyssey of almost six months. 2 Venard's first efforts at mining met with moderate success, and in November he and five others built a cabin at Illinoistown (now part of Colfax). At the end of December he went to the North Fork of the American River, where, after five months' labor, he managed to scrape together four or five hundred dollars in gold. He then made a prospecting tour two hundred miles north but had little luck, so he went south to Downieville and finally landed in Nevada City, flat broke.

Then I went up until I got above him and satisfied myself that he was dead. " When Steve returned the sacks of bullion to Wells Fargo Agent A. D. Tower, in Nevada City, he learned for the first time that the express company had offered a $3,000 reward for the bandits. Venard refused to accept the entire amount, saying he wanted to divide it < previous page page_44 next page > < previous page page_45 next page > Page 45 Harper's Weekly published this somewhat romanticized version of Steve Venard's remarkable exploit in the South Yuba gorge.

He and Reynolds met with Barclay Henley, district attorney of Sonoma County, and presented the evidence they had collected. Henley advised them that a conviction for the murder of Benton could not be obtained unless they could get one of the outlaws present at the killing to turn state's evidence and testify against his comrades. Venard decided to arrest the entire band as soon as Houx made a move to carry out his conspiracy to rob Sheriff Crockett. On November 9, 1871, John Houx rode down from Cloverdale to Healdsburg to check on the movements of Deputy Reynolds, of whom he was both suspicious and fearful.

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