By Bill O'Neal
A lot info (some of it genuine, loads of it fictional) is accessible in regards to the recognized gunfighters of the outdated West—the Jameses, Billy the child, Wild invoice Hickok, Wyatt Earp, John Wesley Hardin, and that latter-day folks idol, Butch Cassidy. Dozens of less-well-known yet occasionally much more murderous gunslingers—such males as Cullen Baker, Harvey Logan, Longhaired Jim Courtright, and Mysterious Dave Mather—have obtained in simple terms scant point out in scattered accounts.This encyclopedia—a who’s who of the gunfighting West-provides a compilation of proof, sifted myths, folklore, and outright lies, concerning the lives and deaths of 255 males, either the well-known and the all yet forgotten. additionally incorporated are distinctive debts of the virtually 600 gunfights the boys took half in, usually among the tip of the Civil conflict and the flip of the century.Each access follows a concise and worthy layout: an alphabetical directory of the gunman; nicknames or aliases; dates and areas of delivery and dying, is understood; the occupations the guy pursued; a quick biography; and, in chronological order, money owed of the demonstrated gunfights during which he participated. In the creation, from the data he accrued during this quantity, invoice O’Neal presents a desirable precis of the information and gives new insights into the character of the western gunmen and of the feuds and fights that bloodied the West. for instance, he relates how lots of the gunfighters used weapons as instruments in their trades, valid and otherwise—lawmen and detectives, buffalo hunters, military scouts, thieves, employed killers, and so forth. Of the gunfighters integrated the following 108 served as legislations officials at your time of their careers. the common lifespan, together with those that died of typical motives, was once forty-seven years, and greater than 50 percentage of the gunmen died from gunshot wounds.Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters bargains a distinct compilation of knowledge approximately those men—a complete and trustworthy resource.
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The more shooting scrapes a man fought in, the more individuals he should have killed, because his natural instincts for self-preservation dictated that he must kill his opponent or opponents as promptly as possible. By these measurements among the deadlier gunmen are, as expected, Wes Hardin, Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, and Ben Thompson. But ranking surprisingly high are such men as Jim Miller, Harvey Logan, John Selman, and Henry Brown. Gunfighters whose reputations greatly exceeded their accomplishments include Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday, and John Ringo.
Wren 339 Nathaniel Ellsworth Wyatt ("Zip," "Wild Charlie") 340 James Younger 341 John Younger 343 Robert Younger 345 Thomas Coleman Younger 346 Bibliography 349 Index 361 Page xiv Illustrations Clay Allison page 20 John Armstrong 26 Sam Bass, Joe and Joel Collins, and J. E. Gardner 34 Tulsa Jack Blake 40 Billy Breakenridge 43 Buffalo Bill Brooks 47 Henry Brown 49 Ike Clanton 61 Mannen Clements, St. 64 Mannie Clements, Jr. 65 Jim Courtright 74 Dalton gang members 81 Roy Daugherty 89 Bill Doolin 91 Morgan Earp 96 Virgil Earp 98 Wyatt Earp 100 John King Fisher 107 Bob Ford 110 Pat Garrett 115 John Wesley Hardin 126 Wild Bill Hickok 135 Doc Holliday 144 Tom Horn 148 Joe Horner 151 Ed O.
The ruse did not work: Arizona peace officers continued the search for the two bandit leaders. Alvord was recaptured in 1904, but after two years in prison at Yuma he was released and went to Latin America. He reportedly turned up in Venezuela, in Honduras, and in Panama as a canal worker, and he died about 1910. Gunfights: 1885, Tombstone, Arizona.