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By John Boessenecker

Badge and Buckshot is a finished ebook at a number of the once-famous peace officials and outlaws of previous California. informed 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 came about simply blocks from present-day l. a. movie and tv studios; and Coates-Frost feud, California’s bloodiest vendetta, which persevered greater than two decades and left fourteen males useless. the following, too, are the 1st entire debts 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 manufactured from greater than ten years of painstaking learn, Badge and Buckshot recounts one of many forgotten sagas of the outdated West, an action-packed story of shoot-outs, degree holdups, manhunts, and lynchings. even as, via broad use of pioneer newspaper records, courtroom documents, and formerly unpublished illustrations, it shatters outdated myths and demonstrates the final effectiveness of the legal justice approach in outdated California. For actual Americana, Badge and Buckshot isn't really to be overlooked.

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Potter and Jim Lee, deputy sheriffs. The six riders galloped out East Broad Street and up the steep slope to the base of Sugar Loaf Hill. From the summit of the ridge above Selby Flat it was downhill to the bridge, about four miles distant, and the posse let their horses fly. At the holdup scene they carefully examined the roadbed but were unable to find the robbers' tracks. Then Sheriff Gentry divided his posse. He took Al Gentry, McKee, and Potter off the right, or north, side of the wagon road to beat the thick brush for the bandits' sign.

7 While Steve was serving on the city marshal's force, a ruffian named George Shanks drifted into town. Shanks had served a term in San Quentin for stage robbery. He hailed from New York City and had once worked as a pressman for the New York Tribune. " In 1863, Shanks had worked as a cook for the Barton brothers in their Nevada City hotel. When the brothers fired him, he returned at night and opened fire through a window, wounding William Barton. Shanks escaped and enlisted in the army, but he later deserted.

Road building was but one of many skills that could be required of the pioneer peace officer. Reported the Gazette a few months later, Venard, "with a posse comitatus, composed of a lot of boys who enjoyed the fun hugely, was busily engaged yesterday arresting the dogs who were so unfortunate as to be at large without a tag. "5 Collecting taxes was yet another duty at which Venard was markedly adept. "Steve Venard has a mighty taking way with him," reported the Gazette's editor. "Sometimes he takes 'gay cusses' to the city prison.

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