Going for the Gold A Confederate unit went outlaw in northern California.

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James Hume.

In 1864 and ’65, a Confederate-sympathizer group called Ingram’s Partisan Rangers
pulled a series of stage robberies in northern California. The band got an untold amount
of gold, which they intended to use to continue the Civil War.

But local lawmen (including future Wells Fargo Chief Detective James Hume) went after
the outlaws. In a series of gunfights and captures, the officers broke up the gang—and
recovered virtually all of the loot.

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.