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Boles, Charles E. (Black Bart; T.Z. Spalding; Charles E. Bolton)

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Born: 1820? AD
Died: 1917? AD.

Nationality: American
Categories: Thief

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1820 - Born in New York state. American outlaw, stagecoach robber, and poet.

1849 - Charles Bolles and a cousin took part in the California Gold Rush.

1852 - His brother Robert joined them, but died in San Francisco.

1854 - Bolles then returned east and married Mary Elizabeth Johnson.

1860 - They had made their home in Decatur, Illinois.

1862 - He decided to go to war.

         - Enlisted at Decatur as a private in Company B, 116th Illinois Regiment.

1865 - On 7th of June, he was discharged at Washington, D. C. and returned home to Illinois.

         - Received brevet (honorary) commissions as both 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant.

1867 - He was prospecting again in Idaho and Montana.

1871 - In his letter to his wife he mentioned an unpleasant incident with some Wells, Fargo & Company employees.

1875 - Robbed numerous Wells Fargo stagecoaches across northern California.

         - California hooded robber believed to have held up some 28 stagecoaches.

1883 - During his last robbery, he was shot and forced to flee the scene.

         - Convicted and sentenced to six years in San Quentin Prison.

1888 - His term was shortened to four years for good behavior and was released in January.

         - He disappeared without a trace shortly after his release from prison.


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