They were duelin’, Doolin-Dalton
High or low, it was the same
Easy money and faithless women
Red-eye whiskey for the pain
— Glenn Frey, Jim Ed Norman, Don Henley
Marvin Minkler scouted this one up. Due in November:
Here’s the caper:
The Last Outlaws is the thrilling true story of the last of one of the greatest outlaw gangs. The dreaded Dalton Gang consisted of three brothers and their rotating cast of colorful accomplices who saw themselves as descended from the legendary James brothers. They soon became legends themselves, beginning their career as common horse thieves before graduating to robbing banks and trains.
On October 5, 1892, the Dalton Gang attempted their boldest and bloodiest raid yet: robbing two banks in broad daylight in Coffeyville, Kansas, simultaneously. As Grat, Bob, and Emmett Dalton and Bill Power and Dick Broadwell crossed the plaza to enter the two buildings, the outlaws were recognized by townspeople, who raised the alarm. Citizens armed themselves with shotguns and six-shooters from nearby hardware stores and were locked and loaded when the thieves emerged from the banks. The ensuing gun battle was a lead-filled firefight of epic proportions. As the smoke cleared, eight men lay dead––including four of the five members of the doomed Dalton Gang.
Also coming in November…
Here’s a piece of Old West Law & Disorder history — one of Wild Bill Hickock’s Navy Colt’s and its holster. I got frisson chills studying it in the case at the Cody Center of the West museum. Cody and Hickock were friends from the time that both served as U.S. Army Scouts starting in the 1860s. They were both Union men, and they shared a taste for flamboyant dress, long, flowing locks, liquor, and the attentions of women.
You know what they say:
“You oughta know better than to touch another man’s hat.”
I am entirely down with a six or seven-week Halloween season. Hell, I extend the spooky vibe all the way to Christmas, cuz in the old times, that was a holiday with an edge, too. In that spirit….
Captain Schwertfeger has tempted me into a read of Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life, by Albert Louis Zambone. It’s on point with the Ranger Project. According to Rick, Zambone casts Morgan as part of the Ranger tradition. And he was one of the two most tactically proficient battlefield commanders of the war.