The Mes Gang Falls

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Jesse Evans (the photo on the right is disputed)

New Mexico’s Mes Gang came to a bloody end in August 1875. They’d been rustling cattle from John Chisum (and may have killed a man). Outlaw Jessie Evans (pictured) and some of his pals trailed the gang into Mexico and took four of them into custody.

As they took the rustlers back to Lincoln County, supposedly, some armed men took the four suspects and shot them outside Las Cruces. That’s what Evans and company said. There is some belief that Jessie and his “posse” took the matter into their own hands and gunned down the Mes outfit.

What do you think?

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.