By Bill O'Neal
Much details (some of it authentic, loads of it fictional) is out there in regards to the well-known gunfighters of the previous West—the Jameses, Billy the child, Wild invoice Hickok, Wyatt Earp, John Wesley Hardin, and that latter-day people 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 basically scant point out in scattered accounts.
This encyclopedia—a who’s who of the gunfighting West-provides a compilation of evidence, sifted myths, folklore, and outright lies, in regards to the lives and deaths of 255 males, either the recognized and the all yet forgotten. additionally integrated are distinct bills of the virtually 600 gunfights the boys took half in, in general among the top of the Civil warfare and the flip of the century.
Each access follows a concise and helpful layout: an alphabetical directory of the gunman; nicknames or aliases; dates and areas of delivery and loss of life, is understood; the occupations the fellow pursued; a short biography; and, in chronological order, money owed of the established gunfights during which he participated.
In the advent, from the data he accumulated during this quantity, invoice O’Neal presents a desirable precis of the knowledge 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 a lot 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 on. Of the gunfighters incorporated the following 108 served as legislations officials at your time of their careers. the common lifespan, together with those that died of normal explanations, used to be forty-seven years, and greater than 50 percentage of the gunmen died from gunshot wounds.
Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters offers a different compilation of data approximately those men—a complete and trustworthy source.
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A lot info (some of it actual, loads of it fictional) is on the market in regards to the well-known gunfighters of the previous 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 bought merely scant point out in scattered debts.
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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. Gunfighter Statistics Gunfighter Number of Killings Number of Gunfights Number of Possible Killings or Assists Jim Miller 12 14 1 Wes Hardin 11 19 1 Bill Longley 11 12 2 Harvey Logan 9 11 0 Wild Bill Hickok 7 8 1 John Selman 6 8 0 Dallas Stoudenmire 5 8 2 Cullen Baker 5 7 3 King Fisher 5 4 0 Billy the Kid 4 16 5 Ben Thompson 4 14 2 Henry Brown 4 10 5 John Slaughter 4 8 2 Clay Allison 4 4 0 Jim Courtright 4 3 0 Page 6 Gunfighter Number of Killings Number of Gunfights Number of Possible Killings or Assists John Hughes 3 12 8 Cole Younger 3 7 2 John Younger 3 4 1 Doc Holliday 2 8 2 Pat Garrett 2 6 2 Burr Alvord 2 6 1 Oliver Lee 2 5 2 Dave Mather 2 5 1 Luke Short 2 5 0 Heck Thomas 1 10 3 Jesse James 1 9 3 Bill Tilghman 1 7 0 Bat Masterson 1 3 0 Jack Slade 1 3 0 John Ringo 1 2 0 Jeff Milton 0 8 6 Wyatt Earp 0 5 5 Sundance Kid 0 4 0 Vital Statistics Statistics concerning the births, deaths, and lifespans of western gunfighters reveal several interesting facts.
Ed King (January 24, Mobeetie, Texas). ) James-Younger raid on Northfield, Minnesota (September 7). 1877 Horrell-Higgins feud climaxes around Lampasas, Texas. 1878 Gunfight between Ed Masterson and Texans (April 9, Dodge City, Kansas). Battle between Texas Rangers and Sam Bass gang (July 19, Round Rock, Texas). Hanging of Wild Bill Longley (October 11, Giddings, Texas). Lincoln County War. 1880 Pat Garrett's violent manhunt for Billy the Kid and gang. 1881 El Paso gunfight featuring Dallas Stoudenmire and four fatalities (April 14).
Horrell War (Lincoln County, New Mexico). 1874 Gunfight between John Younger and detectives (March 16, Monegaw Springs, Missouri). Climax of Texas' Sutton-Taylor feud. 1876 Fight between Bat Masterson and Sgt. Ed King (January 24, Mobeetie, Texas). ) James-Younger raid on Northfield, Minnesota (September 7). 1877 Horrell-Higgins feud climaxes around Lampasas, Texas. 1878 Gunfight between Ed Masterson and Texans (April 9, Dodge City, Kansas). Battle between Texas Rangers and Sam Bass gang (July 19, Round Rock, Texas).