Events for Saturday 10th March 2012
On This Day in History
Legendary Gunslinger Jack Slade killed by vigilantes10th March 1864
Jack Slade, a former soldier and teamster, was hired to clean up the line’s most dangerous division. Slade kept the stagecoaches running and helped launch the Pony Express, securing California and its gold for the Union and earning the nickname “The Law West of Kearny.” But once Slade had restored the peace, his life descended into alcoholism, transforming him from a courageous leader and devoted husband into a quick-triggered drunk, who finally lost his life at the hands of vigilantes in March 1864.
Further ReadingDeath of a Gunfighter
(Paperback - 536 pages)
by Dan Rottenberg
In 1859, as the United States careened toward civil war, the federal government's only northern link with California was a struggling stagecoach line plagued by outlaws and hostile Indians.
Jack Slade, a former soldier and teamster, was hired to clean up the line's most dangerous division.… Read more...