War in the Mines

With the rush in the Comstock Lode (same place as in my last blog) everyone was making claims, saying that their claim followed the silver veins, but the problem was, there were two (seemingly) separate veins on the surface, and one mining party would claim one, and another mining party would claim the other, but the veins would be in a V shape, joining about 140 feet underground, so the mining parties would meet  eventually and a fight would ensue over ownership of the vein. To make things worse, the Civil War was just beginning, and lets just say, if the Rebels and “Unionists” met underground, someone was going to get hurt. Oh yeah, there were no police, and in whatever courts their were, the jury were usually bribed.

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