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 as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.