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Vigilance Committee hangs Reno Gang members...



Item # 557989

December 13, 1868

NEW-YORK TIMES, New York, NY, December 13, 1868

* Vigilance Committee hangs Reno Gang members
* General George Custer

On the front page under "Lynch Law" is a report: "Three More of the Indiana Express Mob Hung by the Regulators". Report states that members of the Vigilance Committee from Seymour arrived at New-Albany (Ind.) overpowered the jailor at the Floyd County Jail and "...the watchman was...compelled to open the cells of the...express robbers, John, Frank and Simon Reno, and Charles Anderson, who were immediately seized upon and all four were hung..."

There is a second account that has additional details of the lynching, mentioning that Frank & William Reno were hung on the same pillar and that Simon was hung from the ceiling.

The front page has another report: "Gen. Custer's Fight" "Col. Wynkoop, Indian Agent Declares it was a Massacre, and Tenders His Resignation." re. the Battle of Washita.

8 pages in nice 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.

Category: Post-Civil War

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