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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2022 9:30 p.m. PST

… Warriors




Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2022 8:17 a.m. PST

Some facts are accurate.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2022 9:36 a.m. PST

Needs some editing of grammar and word usage.

Black Bull22 Jun 2022 10:47 a.m. PST

What are "Wells Longbowmen" ?
Personal bodyguard of the Bishop of Bath and Wells perhaps?

Cerdic22 Jun 2022 12:12 p.m. PST

Wells longbowmen hide down wells and shoot anyone who is not authorised to draw the water…

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2022 1:53 p.m. PST

Some are good others seem more in line with our "Hollywood" view of history. The fan boy groups that always appear in books and movies ect.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2022 3:20 p.m. PST



Zephyr122 Jun 2022 9:13 p.m. PST

"What are "Wells Longbowmen" ? "

They're from Fargo…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2022 3:31 p.m. PST



Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2022 9:02 p.m. PST

When Wells Fargo was starting out running stagecoaches across the Wild West to San Francisco, it couldn't always afford to arm the guard with a shotgun. English longbows were purchased at a good price from the Royal Army, which had kept a large number in surplus storage since the Battle of Agincourt.

The longbows had a greater range and accuracy than the short bows and muzzle-loaders used by the occasional Apache or Comanche raider, and were very popular with stagecoach crews, who competed annually to qualify for the "Wells Longbowman" and "Fargo Longbowman" badges, and, more importantly, for the $2 USD and $1 USD per month salary increase that came with each, respectively.

Wells Fargo's success in transporting gold and silver spelled the end of the Wells Longbowman. While the stagecoaches became more frequent targets of more organized and better equipped raids, the company's fortunes allowed it to purchase shotguns in bulk and replace the more elegant longbow of its early years.

I just made that up. I like it better than the story in the linked article.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2022 3:29 p.m. PST



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