We've got a big Cole Younger issue going out the door today and, unfortunately, we had a last minute dust-up two days ago. Here's how it came down.
I wish I could retain some of the looseness in this, but, of course, I end up locking it down and it ended up here:
Cole Younger has to be the toughest outlaw who ever lived. In addition to having 11 slugs in his body, one of the Northfield defenders shot away the reins to his bridle with birdshot, and Cole had to navigate his horse with his knees. Pursued by over a thousand farmers hungry for the reward ($10,000), and after a two week run in the constant rain, utilizing old newspapers for bandages on multiple wounds and wading through swollen rivers, Cole and his two brothers were captured at Hanska Slough and taken to nearby Madelia, where the outlaw leader finally removed his boots.
"And then my toenails fell off. . ."
—Cole Younger remembering his capture on September 21, 1876