Virgil Earp: Western Peace Officer Donald Chaput

ISBN: 9780806128818

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Virgil Earp: Western Peace Officer  by  Donald Chaput

Virgil Earp: Western Peace Officer by Donald Chaput
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The exploits of Wyatt Earp, real or otherwise, always have overshadowed those of his brothers. Now, for the first time, Donald Chaput removes the eldest brother, Virgil Earp, from that shadow and tells in detail the story of the real leader of theMoreThe exploits of Wyatt Earp, real or otherwise, always have overshadowed those of his brothers. Now, for the first time, Donald Chaput removes the eldest brother, Virgil Earp, from that shadow and tells in detail the story of the real leader of the Earp clan.

As a peace officer in Prescott, Arizona, Virgil experienced his first street shootout, and it was there he met his future nemesis, Johnny Behan. In 1880 Virgils brothers joined him in Tombstone, Arizona. Acting as both a town marshal of Tombstone and a U.S. deputy marshal, he led the Earp gang to the fateful gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Most records of Virgil Earp stop here, but Chaput fleshes out the rest of Virgils life in California, Nevada, and other western states as a peace officer, gambler, miner, Republican politician, and rancher.This book, although thoroughly documented, is written in an easy, straightforward manner that should appeal to both professional and lay historians interested in the Earps and the history of the West.

-- Wild West.Chaputs well-supported view is that many of the exploits popularly thought to be Wyatt Earps should instead be attributed to his older brother, Virgil.... (H)e is particularly enlightening, and entertaining, on the famous Tombstone altercation, otherwise known as the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Wyatt was there, but he was working for his brother, the city marshal, and it was Virgil who ran the show. -- Booklist.



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