Davis "Dave" Tutt (1839 - 1865)

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Davis "Dave" Tutt (1839-1865) - Tutt was born in Yellville, Arkansas and because of his father's involvement in the Tutt-Everett Feud he became experienced with gunfighting at an early age. He joined the Confederate Army in 1862, where he worked as a wagon master. When he was released, he made his way to Springfield, Missouri, where he primarily "worked" as a gambler. In July of 1865, he met Wild Bill Hickok, when they were both playing cards in the same saloon. On one day when they were playing Hickok lost at the gaming table and when Bill couldn’t pay up, Dave Tutt took Hickok's gold pocket watch for security. Hickok growled that if Tutt so much as used the timepiece, he would kill him. However, on July 21, 1865, the two met in the public square and Tutt was proudly wearing the watch for all to see. This insult of course led to a gunfight. At a distance of about 75 yards, the two faced off. Tutt's shot missed but Hickok's hit the other man in the chest. The wounded man then stumbled for about twenty feet before he finally fell to the ground dead. Dave Tutt's body was buried in the Springfield City Cemetery, but was later moved to the Maple Park Cemetery, where it it is today. The site is marked with a gravestone showing a carved pocket watch, playing cards and pistols.

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Age 26