and armed for the decades prior to the Civil War, many of these
same figures would be at home on the trail with the 'Forty-Niners,
in the gold fields of California, on the border during the Mexican
War, or even at the Alamo! Indeed, across the Atlantic, on The
Continent, many of these types could be manning barricades in the
Revolutions of 1848, as well as appear in Dickensian dust ups in
London itself. The mix of clubs, knives, "Pepper Box"
revolvers and paving stones plainly mark them as Riotous
contain lead and have sharp points – for adult hobbyists only.