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Facts on the Dalton Raid

   

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  • The Dalton Raid – the last great gun battle between the outlaws of the old Southwest and the forces of law and order – took place in Coffeyville, Kansas the morning of October 5, 1892 in the Plaza area where this Dalton Defenders Museum is now located.

  • The gun battle lasted just 12 minutes.  Eight men – four on each side – were killed, and four, one of them a bandit, were wounded.

  • Citizens killed in the Raid were:

    • Charles T. Connelly, a 46-year-old school teacher who also served as the Marshal.
    • Charles Brown, 59, a shoemaker.
    • George B. Cubine, 36, another shoemaker.
    • Lucius M. Baldwin, 23-year-old clerk in the Read Brothers store.

Picture of the dead gang members with Emmett in the upper left corner

  • The dead bandits were:

    • Bob Dalton, leader of the band, who was 30
    • Grat Dalton, age 33.
    • Bill Power (Tim Evans)
    • Dick Broadwell
  • Bob, Grat and Power are buried in Coffeyville’s Elmwood Cemetery, where Frank Dalton, another Dalton, brother killed in the line of duty as a U.S. Marshal, is also buried.  Broadwell’s body was returned to Hutchinson, Kansas, by his relatives.

  • Emmett Dalton, 20, wounded in the Raid, was sentenced to life in the Kansas State Penitentiary as Lansing, but was paroled after 15 years.  He died in Los Angeles on July 13, 1937.

  • Citizens wounded in the Raid were Charles T. Gump, who sounded the initial alarm; Thomas G. Ayers, First National Bank cashier; and T. Arthur Reynolds, a clerk in the Isham's Hardware Store.

  • A sixth man rode into Coffeyville with the bandits, but did not engage in the gun fight.  Following the death of a Caleb Padgett in Hutsonville, Illinois, in 1938, The Coffeyville Journal received a letter in which he identified himself as the sixth bandit.

  • The Gang tied its horses in what was to become “Death Alley.”  Bob and Emmett went to the First National Bank, while the other three bandits went to the Condon Bank.

  • Two factors turned the attempted daring holdup into bloody failure.  Cashier C.M. Ball of the Condon Bank stalled Grat, Power and Broadwell with the fiction that the time lock on the vault had not released.  This gave citizens time to organize for the defense.

  • Eighth Street was torn up for a paving project, forcing the bandits to leave their horses in Death Alley which was in line with the Isham's store, where citizens found a ready supply of Winchesters and ammunition.

Diagram of the battle

  • Hero of the Raid was John Joseph Kloehr, a liveryman who is credited with having killed Bob and Grat Dalton.

  • The bandits carried approximately $25,000 out of each of the banks.  At the end of the banking day, the Condon Bank was $20 short, but the First National checked out with an average of $1.98.

 

 

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