That event took place in Illinois inwith Wyatt being the sixth of ten children Nicholas Earp had with his first and second wives, Abigail and Virginia. Though wanting to follow the example of three older brothers, Wyatt was unable to join the Union Army during the Civil War—he was too young, and he was needed on the family farm. Why is it so many years later that when one is asked to name a Wild West lawman, almost every time the answer still is Wyatt Earp? The obvious and yet most accurate answer is the Gunfight at the O.
Matt Blitz 18 comments In the movie TombstoneDoc Holliday portrayed by actor Val Kilmer is depicted as a good guy at heart, helping Wyatt Earp to keep order and law in the dangerous old west town of Tombstone, Arizona. He would remain an only child.
His father was a veteran of several wars, including the Cherokee Indian War and the Mexican-American war. When he returned in from the Mexican-American war, he brought with him an orphaned Mexican boy named Francisco Hidalgo.
His mother taught him manners and etiquette, while his father regaled him with war stories and survival skills. John was but nine years old when the Civil War broke out and his father once again left for war, but not before moving his family even further south, to the Georgia-Florida border.
John attended school and was a good student, though he was noted as being somewhat rebellious. Seemingly, he did quite well at school and graduated with a license in He moved to St. The Life and Legendbut first conveyed in by noted writer Bat Masterson Holliday first killed a man in Georgia during a racial dispute.
Holliday and a few friends were at a watering hole when a group of African-American men joined them as well. Holliday did not approve and told them to leave.
He produced a gun and shot one to three men reports vary to death. Also around this time, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis just like his mother, who he watched die from the disease. With no effective cure, it was thought that a dry climate could at least alleviate the symptoms.
Either because he was run out of town or due to his sickness, or maybe both, he moved to the dry air of Dallas, shortly thereafter in Faro was a game which pitted the banker against the other players.
It was also a game that could be easily rigged. Doc was extremely good at Faro, or at least extremely good at cheating, earning himself a lot of money — and a lot of enemies.
Throughout the next few years, Doc was regularly arrested and fined for his gaming in Dallas. To avoid charges, he went on the run throughout the Southwest, dealing Faro at saloons all along the way.
He got into more than one disagreement that required the use, or at least the threatening of, the skills he learned from Fransisco so many years back. Inhe had made enough money to open his own saloon in New Mexico. So, Doc went outside and killed the man. The following year, he found himself in Tombstone, Arizona where history was waiting for him.
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday first became familiar, where else, but at a Faro gaming table. As the deputy of Dodge City, Earp was on the trail of well-known train robber Dave Rudabaugh and was venturing way out of his jurisdiction in pursuit, nearly miles and into Fort Griffin, Texas.
Either way, he was directed to the Faro table of Doc Holliday, who had dealt with Rudabaugh. Normally, Holliday would never talk to a lawman, but upon hearing about the reward over a game of Faro, he spilled the beans that he had heard that Rudabaugh was hightailing it back to Kansas.
Earp wired the information to a friend there and Rudabaugh was soon captured. It is not known if Earp shared the reward money with Holliday, nor who won that game of Faro.Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday: The West's Greatest Gunslingers by Charles River Editors *Includes pictures of Earp, Holliday, and important people and places in their lives.
*Includes a detailed description of their feud with the Clantons and McLaurys, and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral/5(5). Find out more about the history of Wyatt Earp, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more.
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No such book was ever written by Wyatt. The "book" mentions this on page one. Do not fall for what is in essence someone taking advantage of a ficticious scene of in a 2/5(2).
Where can I find "My Friend, Doc Holliday" by Wyatt Earp? I bought mine at the Territorial Book Trader, which is a bookstore in Tombstone.
You may find it elsewhere, if you get lucky. The Illustrated Life & Times of Wyatt Earp by Bob Boze Bell. THE TOMBSTONE FAQ, By Dylan Humphrey Online since 28 Jul , Last updated at.
If did write anything about Doc, it was to clear up any speculations or fictional tales about their friendship. Mostly, he admitted prior to passing, Doc Holliday was the only true friend he ever had. In addition, he wrote many things about his da.