BlackHawk: BH0205, The West, Great Northfield Minnesota Raid - Hardware

Black Hawk Toy Soldiers
BH0205 - Hardware

The American West Collection

From the dusty seat of a wild stagecoach ride, to the angry hills of Little Big Horn, Black Hawk Toy Soldiers captures the spirit of the American West like no other miniatures have. Figures are produced in limited productions are sure to sell out quickly. Included in Black Hawk's Western selection are figures from these collections:
- Black Hawk City
- Custer's Last Stand
- OK Corral
- The Cowboys
- The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
- The Indians
- The Overland Stage Coach

--- The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid ---

"Life in the open, the rides at night, the spice of danger, the mastery over men, the pride of being able to hold a mob at bay -it tingles in my veins. I love it. It is wild adventure." Henry Starr, gang leader operating in Indian Territory.

All along the history of the Wild West no gang has contributed more significantly to its lore than the one led by Jesse James and his brother Frank. The James boys were well trained for outlaw careers. During the the Civil War they had fought in Confederate guerrilla bands whose hit-and run raids on Union troops terrorized the Kansas-Missouri border zone. Once the war was over, the two young rebels organized fellow comrades into a bunch ranging in number from three

On the morning of September 7, 1876 Jesse, Frank, the Younger brothers -Cole, Jim and Bob-, Clell Miller, Charlie Pitts and Bill Chadwell set for Northfield, Minnesota, riding clad in typical cattlemen linen dusters. First in arriving town were Jesse on a striking white legged sorrel, and Bob Younger and Charlie Pitts on handsome bays. The three outlaws walked around to the front of First National Bank and surveyed the points across the street from which trouble might come. Shortly after two in the afternoon the three outlaws dismounted on Division Street, hitching their horses directly in front of the bank. For a few minutes they stood at the door; immediately three more horsemen came clattering, shooting and whooping as they rounded the corner. From the opposite end of the street came two more horsemen, charging. As terrified bystanders scattered, Jesse, Bob and Charlie rushed into the bank, shouting "Throw up your hands!" The cashier, Joseph Heywood, and the clerks, A. E. Bunker and Frank Wilcox, turned to see the three climbing the counter with revolvers in hand. Heywood ran for the vault; Charlie reached it first. Heywood tried to slam the vault door shut on Pitts, but at that instant Jesse got there and spotted the safe inside. "Open it", he demanded.

"It has a time lock. It can't be opened" the cashier protested.

"That's a dammed lie", Jesse shouted, and with his revolver he struck Heywood to the floor.

Bob Younger, meanwhile, had ordered the two clerks to get down on their knees, demanding the whereabouts on the cash drawer. Bunker pointed to it. Then, while Younger examined the rolls of coins and loose bills in the till Bunker made a dash for the bank's back door. Whirling from the vault, Charlie Pitts took a shot at him, missed, rushed to the door and fired again, winging Bunker as he reached down a stairway to the back alley.

At the front of the bank, the five mounted lookouts found themselves under unexpected fire. Their blazing six- shooters had failed to cow Northfield's citizens; despite the shortage of weapons, the townsfolk were putting up a stiff fight throwing stones, and with a few rifles and shotguns hastily seized from the two hardware stores. One man, Elias Stacy, raced to Division Street and fired at Clell Miller knocking him from his horse. His face badly bleeding, the outlaw mounted again and charged toward Stacy but young Henry...

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