Called one of the greatest gunfighters in
Phillip "PhilĒ Coe was also a soldier, a gambler, a businessman, and called the
famous Ben Thompson,
gunman and gambler, one of his best friends.
Born Phillip Houston Coe in
July, 1839 in Gonzales, Texas, to
Elizabeth Parker Coe and Phillip Haddox Coe, Phil
would grow up to be called one of the
In September, 1861 he joined the Confederate forces
in Houston, Texas to
fight in the
Civil War and
was quickly made a 3rd Lieutenant. However, just a few months later, in
December, he was mustered out due to illness.
In March, 1862, he re-joined the Confederate forces,
enlisting in the 36th Texas
Cavalry, fighting for over a year, when he left the force in April, 1863.