Jim Beckwourth Leads Out of Fear

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Jim Beckwourth

Jim Beckwourth is best known for his mountain man exploits, but he was also an author, a saloon keeper, a gambler, a rancher and more.  But he probably could have done without one credit.

Beckwourth was hired as a guide and interpreter for Colorado militia forces and was involved in the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.  Just what his involvement entailed is unknown.  But in testimony before a congressional inquiry on the incident, Beckwourth claimed he’d been forced to guide the troops, that he feared for his life if he didn’t go along.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.