Gunfights - Page 3
Bill Hickok-David Tutt Shootout (1865) -
In July of 1865
met up with a twenty-six-year-old gambler in
Hickok lost at the gaming tables. When
couldn’t pay up,
Dave Tutt took
gold pocket watch for security.
growled that if
Tutt so much as used the timepiece, he would kill him. However, on July 21, 1865, the two met in the public square and
was proudly wearing the watch for all to see. This insult, of course,
led to a
At a distance of about 75 yards, the two faced off.
Tutt's shot missed
Tutt in the chest. The wounded man then
stumbled for about twenty feet before he finally fell to the ground
dead. Two days later,
Hickok was arrested and tried for
manslaughter. His trial began on August 3rd, in which
claimed self-defense. Three days later, he was acquitted of all
Dave Tutt's body was buried in the
Springfield City Cemetery, but was later moved to the Maple Park
Cemetery, where it is today.The site is marked
with a gravestone showing a carved pocket watch, playing cards and
Gunfight, aka: Newton Massacre
Occurring in the
cowtown of Newton, the whole affair began with and argument over
and Billy Bailey in the Red Front Saloon on August 11, 1871. When the
dispute turned violent
shot Bailey, who died the next day.
immediately fled town to avoid arrest, but returned just a few days
later, after he heard that the shooting would most likely be deemed
self defense. Though Bailey never produced a weapon,
claimed he feared for his life, because Bailey had been in three
previous gunfights, in which he had killed two men.
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cowboy friends were waiting for him, ready to take revenge. Late on
the evening of August 19, 1871,
strode into Tuttle's Dance Hall, located in an area of town called
Hyde Park and began to play faro. After midnight four
also entered the saloon.
Hugh Anderson then approached
calling him a coward and threatening to kill him. Though another
player attempted to stop the violence, Anderson shot
in the neck.
tried to return the shot, but his pistol misfired, and he fell to the
floor. Anderson, now standing over him, pumped several more bullets
into his back.
The three other
also began firing, perhaps to keep the crowd back. However, an 18
year-old man who was a friend of
opened fire into the smoke filled room, killing two of the
the would-be peacemaker gambler, and an innocent bystander. He also
one of the
as well as another man having nothing to do with the squabble.
Afterwards, Riley walked away and was never seen
again. A warrant was issued for
Anderson, but he had already escaped
Hunnewell, Kansas Gunfight (1884) - In the 1880's, when the
thrived with beef being shipped to the east, the small town of
Hunnewell sprouted up as yet another shipping point for
cattle. Located on the
border in Sumner County, the
and Galveston Railroad provided quick access to the Kansas City
stockyards. During Hunnewell's heydays, it sported one hotel, two
stores, a barbershop, a couple of dance halls, and eight or nine
With little more
than railroad workers and
violence was not at all uncommon. As one railroad worker recollected years
later, "There was no
Bat Masterson to control the casual use of firearms,
and there was more shooting than I ever saw in
It was during this time that two
named Oscar Halsell and Clem Barfoot were raising cain in Hanley's
on October 5, 1884. When two
lawmen walked into the
saloon and tried to quiet the disturbance, all hell
broke loose with guns blazing. Before, the incident was over, some of Hunnewell's citizens were involved in the
Barfoot died of his wounds a few days later, as did Deputy Ed Scottin.
Las Vegas Saloon Shootout
(1880) - In January, 1880,
New Mexico was firmly in control
of a criminal cartel called the
Dodge City Gang,
which included a number of men who had migrated to
New Mexico from the cowtowns of
hence the name. Acting in the capacity of lawmen, the
Dodge City Gang
strictly enforced a rule that no one was to carry arms in the city, with
the exception of them, of course. On January 22, 1880, four rough-housing
cowboys by the names of
T.J. House, James West,
John Dorsey, and William Randall were parading about town sneering,
laughing, and looking for trouble. Word soon reached Marshal Joe
Carson, who, along with Deputy
Dave Mather, found the men at Close
and Patterson’s Variety Hall. When Carson demanded that the four men
"check” their guns, they refused. A wild
ensued and Carson
was killed immediately, while Deputy
"Mysterious" Dave Mather killed Randall and dropped West. John
Dorsey, though wounded, and T.J. House managed to escape.
Branch Saloon Shootout,
aka: Richardson-Loving Gunfight (1879) -
In the spring of 1879, the wicked little town of
yet to be tamed, a fact that would show itself once again in a
Branch Saloon. The two men involved, Levi Richardson, a
buffalo hunter, and
"Cockeyed Frank” Loving, a professional gambler, had allegedly
been feuding for some time, a dispute that had something to do with Mattie
Loving, Frank’s wife. By April, the disagreement led to a gunfight in the
Branch Saloon. When the smoke cleared, Richardson lay dead on the
floor. Three years later, Loving would tangle again with another
gunfighter in Trinidad, Colorado. In what is known as the Trinidad, Colorado shoot-out,
Loving died at the hands of John Allen on April 16, 1882.
Corral Gunfight (1881) -
Earps arrived in
1880, they were almost immediately at odds with the
Clanton Gang, more often referred to as the "Cowboys." The Clantons and their group of ruffians had been "lording" it over Tombstone
and the surrounding area without interference before the
Earps arrived in town.
Virgil Earp, who soon became
Tombstone's marshal, immediately suspected the "Cowboys"
of rustling cattle on a large scale and set out to stop their criminal
endeavors. After a number of run-ins between the two factions, it came to
a head on October 26, 1881 when
for carrying firearms in the city limits. After the pair were released,
they joined up with
who had just arrived in town. Gathered near the OK Corral on Fremont
then decided to disarm
as well. Marshal
recruited his brothers
Morgan to help him
in this dangerous task.
Doc Holliday also insisted upon joining them.
When the four men approached the "Cowboys,"
demanding their guns, at hell broke loose.
In what has since forever been known as the
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,
Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton made the
mistake of cocking their pistols when approached by the
Earp brothers and
Doc Holliday. It is not
really known who fired the first shot, but Doc’s bullet was the first to hit home, tearing through
belly and sending
own shot wild through
coat-tail. The 30-second
shootout left three
Frank McLaury and
Tom McLaury dead.
took a shot to the leg and
Morgan suffered a shoulder wound.
Morgan Earp, as
for the murder of
However, Judge Wells Spicer, who was related to the
Earps, decided that
the defendants had been justified in their actions.
Over the next few months,
Earps struggled to
retain control over
was seriously wounded by an
assassination attempt and
Morgan Earp was
killed when he was playing pool on March 18, 1882. Eyewitnesses claimed
Frank Stilwell was seen running from the scene of the crime and three
Stilwell's was found dead. A Mexican who was also implicated in the
crime was also found murdered in a lumber camp. It is believed that
was responsible for killing both men.