Excellent book on the Dalton Gang
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    Excellent book on the Dalton Gang

    Specifically about the Coffeyville, KS. raid. This 1996 book depicts the gang as the worthless pieces of crap they were and focuses more on the heroism of the town people who wiped them out, four of which died trying. Found on Ebay for $7 shipped!! (how do they make any money?), I already knew I liked the author from Wild West magazine and his book "Tough Towns". The cover gives the impression it's sensationalized and maybe fictionalized. Far from it. The .44 pictured with the book made two years before this happened.

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    A residue of the Dalton Gang hit a bank in Longview, Texas in 1894. In the 1980's the museum there displayed a Win M1886 rifle that was used in the shootout.

    Dalton Days | Gregg County Historical Museum
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    Just found this 66 page reprint..Looking forward to reading them both !
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveR View Post
    Just found this 66 page reprint..Looking forward to reading them both !
    The writer of this book, Elliott, was a prominent Coffeyville businessman and ran the newspaper. The author of the book I got gives complete bio of this guy and says his little book and newspaper article is probably the most valuable as to what really happened. He was there, he wrote it right afterwards and before people started making up stories and conspiracy theories. Then he went to join the Rough Riders but ended up in the Philippines where he was killed by a sniper.
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    Besides the book Wyatt showed, anyone interested in they Dalton's Doolin/Dalton, outlaws of Oklahoma etc, will also enjoy:
    'The Dalton Gang, End of an Outlaw Era' by Harold Preece
    'Oklahoma Renegades' by Ken Butler
    'A Dynasty of Western Outlaws' by Paul Wellman
    'Outlaws on Horseback' by Harry Drago

    there are more, these I just happen to have
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    what you see reading this book is that the Dalton gang were really a bunch of idiots. Mix that with overconfidence and arrogance. And this is not based on the author's opinion but their actions. They did not check out the town ahead of time assuming the situation was like it was when they lived nearby. They had to leave their horses ridiculously far away in an alley perfect for a trap. And most of all, when a heroic cool headed bank employee said the vault had a time lock that opened at 9:30, Grat Dalton asked what time it was now. The guy looked at his watch and said it's 9:20. The vault was actually already open and they didn't check it! So the three dummies waited ten minutes and not one looked up on the wall to the big clock with the right time. and none carried a watch, to a robbery, especially when they were robbing two banks?! So they waited until people with guns were shooting into the bank. These guys were really over rated dolts. But they were good shots unfortunately.
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    I love this kind of "first hand" history...

    Thanks for adding to my reading list gents.



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