Old West History Archives

PAT GARRETT’S DEATH

It’s interesting how things have changed over the years.  Each week I send a free story about an event that happened during this time in the Old West.  This week’s story is about Sheriff Pat Garrett and how he died.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the circumstances, he was shot in the back while taking a “whizz”.  That’s right, a whizz.  I would say pee, but we want to keep this clean.

The man who confessed and was tried for doing it was Wayne Brazil.  What did he plead?  Self defense.  And he was declared not guilty.

 Don’t try this today folks.

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HIRAM RHOADES REVELS

On this date back in 1870 Hiram Rhoades Revels, a Republican from Natchez, Mississippi, was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Black ever to sit in Congress.

 During the Civil War, Revels, a college-educated minister, helped form Black army regiments for the Union cause, started a school for freed men, and served as a chaplain for the Union Army.  Revels remained in the former Confederate state after the war and entered into Reconstruction-era Southern politics.

 It’s interesting to note that the Senate seat Revels held was once held by Jefferson David, the former president of the Confederacy.

EMPEROR NORTON

San Francisco has had it’s strange people.  But there were few who were as strange a Emperor Norton.  And, as you will see with this video, the people of San Francisco took him into their collective hearts.

JOHN WESLEY HARDIN

On this date back in 1894 gunslinger and killer John Wesley Hardin was pardoned after spending 15 years in a Texas prison for murder.  He was 41 years old when he got out.

 Although he supposedly killed over 40 people prior to this, he tried to change his life by becoming a lawyer in El Paso.  That didn’t last long since he was shot in the back about a year later.

THE SEARCHERS

Don Pruett of Phoenix is a subscriber to our “This Week In The Old West” weekly story…If you’re not getting the free weekly story, go to:

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A recent story was about Cynthia Ann Parker, a white woman captured by Indians, who was the mother of the great war chief Quanah Parker. John observed that the 1955 John Wayne movie “The Searchers” was probably based on the Cynthia Ann Parker story.

I think Don may just be correct. Incidentally, the picture is of Cynthia Ann Parker.

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