On the Farralon Islands, the deadly twenty-minute exchange of shots of the "Egg War" kills two

David Robinson had discovered the potential of the massive murre bird colonies on the Farralon Islands, twenty miles out from San Francisco Harbor, as a food supply for the California Gold Rush and his Pacific Egg Company claimed control of the stocks.  A group of rival egg gatherers, led by a man named David Batchelder, attempted to encroach and shots were exchanged with Robinson's workers and a man on each side were killed. For his part in the "Egg War," Batchelder was later tried but acquited.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation
Steve Nicholls, Paradise Found: Nature in America at the Time of Discovery (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 381-382. 
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Crime/Disasters
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