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Train robbery by the Reno Gang...



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May 25, 1868

NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, May 25, 1868

* Reno Brothers Gang train robbery

On the front page under "The Jeffersonville Railroad Express Robbery" is a report datelined "Louisville, May 23" that states, in part: "...the men who seized the express car last night on the Jeffersonville Railroad, opened two safes and made a clean deal of both...", plus details about the loot, & how the robbery was executed, which included disconnecting the express car from the train.

Other news of the day throughout this 8 page issue that is in good condition.

wikipedia notes: The Reno Brothers Gang, also known as the Renos or the Reno Gang, was a group of criminals that operated in the Midwestern United States during and just after the American Civil War. Though short-lived, they carried out the first three peacetime train robberies in U.S. history. Most of the stolen money was never recovered.

The gang was broken with the lynchings of ten of its members by vigilante mobs in 1868. The murders created an international diplomatic incident with Canada and Great Britain, a general public uproar, and international newspaper coverage. No one was ever identified or prosecuted for the crimes.

The Reno Gang then robbed its fourth train on May 22. Twelve men boarded a Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad train as it stopped at the Marshfield, Indiana depot. As the train pulled away, the gang overpowered the engineer and uncoupled the passenger cars, allowing the engine to speed away. After breaking into the express car and throwing express messenger Thomas Harkins off the train (causing fatal injuries), the gang broke open the safe, netting an estimated $96,000. This robbery gained national attention and was published in many major papers. The Pinkertons pursued, but the gang broke up and fled throughout the Midwest.

Category: Post-Civil War

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