The Day Coffeyville Bled - The Dalton Johnson Gang


Chapter VII - Eugenia

         Eugenia Moore has been the subject of great controversy for many years. She has appeared in notations, written ledgers, and as physical sightings. She is known to have ridden as an outlaw in the Dalton Gang, the Lewis Gang, and the Doolin Gang, and even formed a band of outlaws herself. She was on hand for the Coffeyville dual bank robbery attempts by the Daltons. She was there at the Battle of Ingalls. She was eventually shot to death in a running gun battle with law enforcement officers in 1896 in Tombstone, Arizona. Her career spanned adventures with many notable outlaws of the Old West. She slept with many a friend and foe alike to acquire desired necessary information.
         Moore was described as a telegrapher, an expert on train systems and general railway operations. She was said to have been an accountant and a sharpshooter. She could rope, ride, and fight as well as any of her male contemporaries.
         The image of Eugenia had been created to lead her trail away from those who sought to apprehend her. She was to become all things to those who believed in her. She was a master of disguises and proved with her womanly ways that she was a force with which to be reckoned. She could not be captured and held for any lengthy duration. In the true spirit of the Old West dime novels, she went down fighting and died with her boots on.
         The legend of Eugenia Moore was born simply out of necessity to conceal the identities of true-life individuals, and in this case, that meant the names of more than one female.
         In actuality, she did not exist in the form of human flesh, but rather was the product of the written word, which appeared in essays, short stories, books and in films. Eugenia Moore had definitely captured the hearts and the minds of those who chose to write about her, and so she was to become real.
         In reality, Eugenia Moore was just a pseudonym for the many characteristics developed to describe her. She was capable of superhuman actions and was too real to be believed. For years, she hid the facts surrounding the legends of the Daltons and vanished on cue, as her usefulness had served its purpose. Eugenia Moore was as fictitious a subject as subjects of that caliber can be. But so imbued with the story of her life had the American public become that she was credible by the time Emmett Dalton, her creator, died in 1937....(click here for more chapter previews)


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