THE INGALLS SHOOT-OUT

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THE INGALLS SHOOT-OUT

Post by cowgirl » Tue May 30, 2017 3:37 pm

Renewed Fan:4140 wrote:Once again, the US Marshalls have a bad day . . . .

Ingalls, Oklahoma, was a small town near Stillwater.  It was a haven for outlaws.  The 150 or so inhabitants harbored outlaws, provided that the outlaws behaved while in Ingalls.  The outlaws were smart enough to be on their best behavior, and to generously spread some money around while they were in town.  It was a favorite hangout for the Dalton-Doolin gang.

This is the same gang which (disastrously) tried to rob two banks in Coffeeville, Kansas in 1892.   The gang subsequently reorganized under new management.

On September 1, 1893, the Marshalls moved against the gang.  The plan was for two wagons to enter Ingalls from opposite directions, at the same time. Each wagon would have one driver, plus several marshalls concealed under a tarp.   A total of 13 marshalls were involved, split between the two wagons.  Since they would come from opposite directions, there would be no suspicion that they were actually together. They would meet in the middle of Ingalls, the lawmen would jump out, surprise and overwhelm the outlaws.  It didn't work.

First, one of the wagons showed up too early and sat there waiting for wagon 2.  Marshall Dick Speed, driving one of the wagons, asked a 14 year old Ingalls boy (Dell Simmons) to identify a pedestrian on the street.  The boy identified the man as "Bitter Creek" Newcomb - one of the outlaws - then (apparently having glimpsed other marshalls in the wagon) hurried off to warn Bitter Creek.

Bitter Creek drew and fired.  Marshall Speed took shelter behind his wagon - but was then shot in the back by a second outlaw in the hotel behind him.

At this point, the firing became intense.  Outlaws in the saloon and the hotel were firing at lawmen approaching from two different directions in the open.  Besides the outlaws, it appears that several Ingalls' residents were actively opposing the marshalls - the bartender in the saloon was shot while firing a rifle at the marshalls.  One lawman who tried to take shelter in a residence found the door barred by the woman inside.

One member of the gang was cornered in the hotel and forced to surrender, but the results of the raid were disastrous for the marshalls.
Three marshalls were dead, and most of the others wounded.  A traveler named Walker was killed in a case of mistaken identity.  Dell Simmons (the boy who tipped off the outlaws) was dead - shot in the head.  This may have been another accidental shooting of a bystander, or it may have been retribution for his assisting the outlaws.  Another young boy named Frank Briggs was seriously injured.  At least two other residents of Ingalls (including the bartender, Murray, who was firing a rifle) were wounded.  An elderly man named Ransom was wounded.

Two outlaws were wounded but escaped.  One was captured, about 7 escaped unharmed.  Also captured was the bartender who had fired in support of the outlaws.  After spending several years in prison, he was released and promptly sued the US marshalls (some things never change).  He lost his suit.

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Re: THE INGALLS SHOOT-OUT

Post by cowgirl » Tue May 30, 2017 3:38 pm

Renewed Fan:4236 wrote:Correction to a typo on the foregoing - I wrote "The bartender was shot while firing a rifle at the outlaws".  That should read "The bartender was shot while firing a rifle at the marshalls".

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I changed it RF!   :wink:
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Re: THE INGALLS SHOOT-OUT

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cowgirl:4327 wrote:
Also captured was the bartender who had fired in support of the outlaws.  After spending several years in prison, he was released and promptly sued the US marshalls (some things never change).  He lost his suit.
Why would a bartender even get involved in this?  Ya' know sometimes there are times I think Sweeney could stop some of the stuff that goes on in his saloon, but he really isn't a match for most!  But I'd send someone for help.

Ok - I just thought of something -
Ingalls, Oklahoma, was a small town near Stillwater.  It was a haven for outlaws.  The 150 or so inhabitants harbored outlaws, provided that the outlaws behaved while in Ingalls.  The outlaws were smart enough to be on their best behavior, and to generously spread some money around while they were in town.
If this was a haven for outlaws, that explains the bartender.  He was an outlaw also!   Wouldn't want to live there!  

It makes ya' wonder how they tamed the west!
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Re: THE INGALLS SHOOT-OUT

Post by cowgirl » Tue May 30, 2017 3:39 pm

Michelle P.:4412 wrote:Wow, if this had been in the movies. the Marshals the wagons would have gotten to the spot the second it needed to and they would have captured all the outlaws single handed, thrown them in jail, then gone over and had a beer to celebrate!

So of the 7 that escaped unharmed - were they ever caught, or did they live happily ever after?
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Post by cowgirl » Tue May 30, 2017 3:39 pm

Renewed Fan:4439 wrote:Basically, they did not live happily ever after.  The one who was caught was "Arkansas Tom" Jones (who was actually from Missouri) was sentenced to 50 years in prison.  He was paroled in 1910.  He went to Hollywood looking for work as an actor, but did not find any.  He then went back to robbing banks.  He was killed in a gunfight in Joplin, Missouri in 1924.

Bill Dalton was killed near Ardmore, OK in 1894 by lawmen.

Bitter Creek Newcomb and Charlie Pierce died in 1895 (they were basically killed while they slept for the reward money)

Bill Doolin was arrested in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1895.  He escaped, fled to Oklahoma, and was killed in a gunbattle in 1896.

"Dynamite Dick" Clifton was arrested in 1896, but tried to escape and was shot and killed while escaping.

"Tulsa Jack" Blake was killed in a gunbattle with lawmen in 1895.

George "Red Buck" Weightman was kicked out of the gang for unnecessary violence (!).  He started a new gang, but was killed by marshalls in a gun battle in 1896.

Grand total number of the outlaws who died of natural causes = 0.

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Re: THE INGALLS SHOOT-OUT

Post by cowgirl » Tue May 30, 2017 3:39 pm

Michelle P.:4441 wrote:
Renewed Fan wrote: George "Red Buck" Weightman was kicked out of the gang for unnecessary violence (!).  

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RF, I'll have to think on this one!!!! LOL   :lol:

It's good to know that justice prevailed...one way or another...

Like Micah said: "Justice doesn't always hang a man."
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