Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

On February 8,1887, in Fort Worth, Texas, Luke Short, and Bat Masterson, confronted gunfighter Longhaired Jim Courtwright who had made threats against Short. Standing nose to nose, Courtright went for his gun when he thought Short was drawing his but the hammer on Courtright's gun caught on Luke Short's watch chain giving Short an edge. Short shot Courtright five times. Luke was later exonerated for having acted in self -defense.  According to Bat Masterson Jim was “a bully of a man”.

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