By John Boessenecker

Badge and Buckshot is a accomplished e-book at the various once-famous peace officials and outlaws of outdated California. advised right here 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 happened simply blocks from present-day la movie and tv studios; and Coates-Frost feud, California’s bloodiest vendetta, which continued greater than two decades and left fourteen males lifeless. right here, 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 struggle; 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 fabricated from greater than ten years of painstaking study, Badge and Buckshot recounts one of many forgotten sagas of the previous West, an action-packed story of shoot-outs, degree holdups, manhunts, and lynchings. while, via wide use of pioneer newspaper documents, courtroom documents, and formerly unpublished illustrations, it shatters outdated myths and demonstrates the final effectiveness of the felony justice method in outdated California. For genuine Americana, Badge and Buckshot isn't really to be overlooked.

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Boggs remained in Newcastle and enjoyed caring for his orchard and the beautiful gardens he planted around his home. In 1898 he was appointed postmaster of Newcastle, and that same year, after forty-one years of happy married life, his wife, Lavisa, passed away. Still active and virile at the age of seventy-three, Boggs soon married Alice S. Watson, twenty-five years his junior. He lived to the age of eighty-three, savoring to the fullest the peace and prosperity that he had so often risked his life to make possible.

We went into the bushes and loaded up two guns. We went down to the place ... and took a rail up. We had considerable trouble in getting the rail up, and broke one prong of the bar in doing it. Myself and Shinn started to pull some spikes, and Steinegal went down and Rogers up the track to act as guards, to prevent any one coming to interfere. The right-hand rail going up was displaced, with the lower end pressed in. Then we went to a little island of sand near the telegraph poles and put on our masks.

In 1898 he was appointed postmaster of Newcastle, and that same year, after forty-one years of happy married life, his wife, Lavisa, passed away. Still active and virile at the age of seventy-three, Boggs soon married Alice S. Watson, twenty-five years his junior. He lived to the age of eighty-three, savoring to the fullest the peace and prosperity that he had so often risked his life to make possible. He was still serving as postmaster when his heart finally failed him on May 28, 1909. The old lawman was buried in the Newcastle cemetery.

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