Wild Bill Hickok Poster – James Butler Hickok
The prototype of the old west pistol fighter, Bill Hickok had the size, the sad eyes and the heroic exploits to make an impression on most anybody. When Dave Tutt bragged he could, “Shoot a bird on the wing” in Springfield, 1865, Bill Hickok was quick to reply, “Did the crow have a pistol? Was he shooting back? I will be.”
There’s a number of reasons people say Hickok and Tutt fought, but what ever it was this is about the only actual documented face off in a dusty street in Old West History. And so on July 21, 1865, in the town square of Springfield, Missouri, Hickok shot dead Davis Tutt, Jr.