1884 Montana Territory
In the 1880's, from central Montana into western Dakota Territory, hordes of outlaws terrorized the region, rustling, robbing and killing. Representatives of the law were non-existent. Finally, a secret group of determined cattlemen, led by Granville Stuart, abandoned their ranching responsibilities to hunt down and destroy the lawless predators. This is the story of the Vigilante cattlemen known as "Stuart's Stranglers."
First, the Vigilantes conducted a series of devastating River Raids along the Judith, the Musselshell, and the Missouri rivers. When the River Raids were completed, Stuart's Stranglers began their famous Train Raids. The Vigilantes with their horses boarded a special train in central Montana bound for Medora, Dakota. Along the way, the train made frequent stops to discharge groups of resolute cattlemen who stealthily approached various outlaw hideouts. In the dark of night, the Vigilantes attacked, catching the outlaws completely by surprise. When the Train Raids were concluded, the Vigilantes had wiped the Montana and Dakota territories clean! Nearly one hundred outlaws were killed in less than two years. Twelve Quiet Men is a remarkable historical Western based on real events in the lives of these remarkable cattlemen.