Knights of the Lash: The Stagecoach Stories of Major Benjamin C. Truman


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Edited by Gary F. Kurutz. Designed and printed by The Castle Press, Pasadena, 2005.

When Major C. Truman (1835-1916), a Civil War correspondent and noted California Booster, first took the overland stage to the Golden State in 1866 he became fascinated by that daring breed of drivers he dubbed “Knights of the Lash.”  As he crisscrossed California and Nevada in elegant six-horse Concord coaches and utilitarian mud wagons, Major Truman recorded their exploits and adventures in ephemeral newspapers, long discontinued magazines, and out-of-print books. Gary Kurutz has gathered Truman’s scattered stories, so flamboyantly told, that modern readers may enjoy the perils and excitement of a vanished mode of public travel.

10 x 7 inches. 114 pp. The volume is embellished with twenty two contemporary illustrations of stagecoach scenes. Edition 350 copies.

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