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Black Bartlocked

(fl. 1875–1888)
  • Richard H. Dillon

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Black Bart (fl. 1875–1888), stagecoach robber, was born Charles E. Boles, probably in 1832 in either Norfolk, England, or upstate New York. His parents’ names are unknown. He had a wife, Mary, and probably three children. He abandoned them all after the Civil War, in which he was wounded while serving as a first sergeant in the 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He probably never saw any of his family again....

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