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.