Wyatt Earp fired the most important shot…during the gunfight at the OK Corral. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday enjoyed the name recognition, but the most dangerous man on the streets of Tombstone that day was Frank McLaury. McLaury was known throughout the Arizona territory as a dangerous gunman; but, he was also a notorious cattle thief. On October 26, 1881, his brand of criminality threatened the Earp clan’s plans to exploit the saloons of Tombstone.
A good shot and a dangerous man
At the pivotal moment… when Billy Clanton and Frank McLaury reached for their Colt revolvers, Wyatt Earp described his move, “Billy Clanton leveled his pistol at me, but I did not aim at him. I knew that Frank McLaury had the reputation of being a good shot and a dangerous man, and I aimed at Frank McLaury.” Earp hit McLaury squarely in the stomach, badly wounding him. Billy Clanton began firing wildly drawing the attention of the other Earp gunman, but Frank McLaury continued firing as he tried to exit the Corral to Fremont Street.
Waiting for the Earps
- His first shot hit Virgil Earp in the right calf
- As he reached the mouth of the lot, his second shot, across his body, hit Morgan Earp in the shoulder
- During the final confrontation with Doc Holliday in the middle of Fremont Street, his last shot hit Holliday in the hip, knocking him down
- Wyatt Earp’s duster had two bullet holes in the right sleeve, possibly from McLaury’s gun
The fight then became general….
Frank McLaury likely hit every member of the Earp party… during the gunfight….with a bullet in his stomach. Wyatt Earp’s first shot likely saved all their lives that day. Had he missed, McLaury might have killed them all.
Election of 1948 edition
- Democrats briefly courted Dwight D. Eisenhower to challenge Truman for the nomination. The Republicans were talking with Douglas MacArthur during the same period.
- Truman’s support for NAACP legal efforts combined with his executive order desegregating the military caused the Southern Democrats to splinter and nominate Dixiecrat, Strom Thurmond.
- Liberal Democrats rejected Truman as well- they nominated Henry Wallace as the Progressive party candidate.
- Dewey’s lackluster campaign was best summed up by the poorly crafted message- “You know that your future is still ahead of you.”
- As election day arrived, only Truman was convinced of his victory- many on his staff had already accepted other jobs.
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Only a fool would recommend giving a highly publicized speech in Gettysburg… Pennsylvania, and only a DAMNED fool would boast after it happened. How can we expect that something like common sense, let alone, historical context would be consulted in this absurd election cycle.
Far from Lincoln’s call for unity, sacrifice, and change… the ultimate pretender came to Gettysburg to attack American democracy. Ignoring the example of past Presidents speaking in Lincoln’s shadow, this latest screed summoned the politics of resentment and division. Lincoln always believed in democracy- insisting to stand for reelection in the middle of the Civil War. This current B-List celebrity has no such courage.
How have we come this far?
My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies
“Truman” is David McCullough’s 1992 biography of the 33rd president. It was the first comprehensive biography of Truman and earned the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in the Biography category. McCullough is a highly-acclaimed author and historian who is probably best known for his 2001 biography of John Adams. He is currently working on a book about the early settlers of the Northwest Territory tentatively titled “The Pioneers.”
True to its reputation, this biography is remarkably lively and engaging for a hefty 992-page tome. McCullough once again demonstrates himself to be an expert storyteller, crafting a fascinating and articulate narrative that generally reads more like fiction than actual history.
A decade in the making, this well-researched biography began to cement Truman’s reputation as something more than a simple man of inferior talent who survived politics only by riding coattails and affiliating himself with powerful political bosses. McCullough works assiduously…
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Emerging Civil War
(Fear not, dear reader: Our extended blog-essay is winding down; part nine will cover actual operations in East Tennessee, and part ten will conclude things with a summary of James Longstreet’s troubled interlude beyond Virginia. Thank you for your forbearance.)
The site of Bragg’s Headquarters, Missionary Ridge
On November 3, Bragg, Longstreet, Hardee and the Army of Tennessee’s other senior officers gathered at Bragg’s headquarters to discuss their next move. In what by now should come as no surprise to any student of the Army of Tennessee, accounts vary as to the exact details of this conference.
Longstreet opened with a plan that was well in line with his current worries: He proposed to cross the Tennessee River near Bridgeport, and by means of threatening or destroying the Army of the Cumberland’s forward supply base, compel a retreat from Chattanooga. While in theory this was the soundest strategy, the idea…
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Trump’s inability to accept the inevitable was on full display last night… he’s losing this campaign and will fall in the election by a yuuuuuge margin. Scowling his way through the final debate, Trump hinted again at not accepting defeat on Nov. 9. Rather than admit his shortcomings as a candidate, he has perpetrated the false narrative of a “rigged system.” His colossal insecurity is actively undermining our democracy. Media bias is not “rigging the system”, it is simply a response to HIS OWN hostility. If this irresponsible rhetoric causes any illegal or destructive behavior by his followers, Trump must be held accountable.
Already a sore loser
Attempts to link Trump’s absurd notion of refusing to accept election outcomes… with Al Gore’s actions in 2000 fail the test of history. Gore drew back his concession because the decisive electoral verdict would come from a state that had instituted and mandatory recount. Florida went to George W. Bush by a margin of 537 votes. Gore’s hesitation was understandable, his continued litigation, debatable.
The election of 2016 is not coming down to one state… the electoral result is going to be decisive. Any attempt to claim that it was somehow stolen, or manipulated is foolish talk from an irresponsible candidate.
Donald Trump dodged the draft during the Vietnam war... but this will have little effect on the millions who support him. In Trump’s world, bluster passes for merit, talk is substitute for service. Yes, student deferments were draft dodging- especially when exercised by upper-class children of privilege.
A clear difference
Medical exemptions were every bit as dishonest… and Trump used one when his stint in graduate school came to an end. In July 1968 he was physically fit- three months later(as his deferment ended) he was suddenly afflicted with “heel spurs.” Rich kids from coast to coast found sympathetic doctors to conjure up various maladies. Poor kids and men of conscience went to war.
Only in Trump’s world is he a hero… and John McCain a coward. Obviously overcompensating for his cowardice, Trump disparages the real article while selling his fraudulent goods to unwitting followers. Bill Clinton was mercilessly attacked by Conservatives for his activities during the Vietnam war….where are they now?