Wild Bill Hickok-Davis Tutt shootout
Wild Bill Hickok-Davis Tutt shootout was a gunfight that occurred on
July 21, 1865 in the town square of Springfield, Missouri between Wild
Bill Hickok, and a local cowboy named Davis Tutt. It was considered to
be one of the few recorded shootings in the history of the Wild West
that consisted of a one-on-one pistol quickdraw duel in a public place,
in the manner later made iconic by countless dime novels, radio operas,
and Western films such as Gary Cooper in High Noon and Clint
Eastwood in the Dollars Trilogy.
What do you know about the Wild
Bill Hickok-Davis Tutt shootout? Draw for this Old West History Made
Easy Trivia quiz. Answers are at the bottom of the page.
1. By July 20, 1865 the two men were sworn
enemies. Wild Bill Hickok staunchly refused to play cards in any game
that included David Tutt. Tutt retaliated by openly supporting other
local card-players with advice and money in a dedicated attempt to
bankrupt Hickok. Where was Davis Tutt from?
- Marion County, Arkansas
- Harrison County, West Virginia
- Maple County, Tennessee
2. The simmering conflict eventually came to a
head during a game of poker. Where was the poker game at?
- Old Southern Hotel
- Ripley Hotel
- Earp's Card House
3. The game was being played for high-stakes, and
Hickok did well, winning about $200 ( in 2007 dollars) of what was
essentially Tutt's money. He was funding Hickok's opponents. What would
it be in 2007 dollars?
4. Tutt suddenly reminded Hickok of a $40 debt he
owed him from a previous horse trade. Hickok shrugged and refused to pay
5. He then claimed that Hickok owed him an
additional debt from a past poker game, back when Hickok was still
willing to play against Tutt. "I think you are wrong, Dave,"
said Hickok. "It's only twenty-five dollars. I have a memorandum in
my pocket." What was the amount?
6. Tutt, sensing a valuable chance, grabbed one of
Hickok's most prized possessions off the table. What was it?
- Tobacco pouch
- Gold pocket watch
- Stetson hat
7. Both men faced each other sideways in the
dueling position, hesitated briefly then Tutt reached for his pistol.
Hickok drew his gun and steadied it on his opposite fore arm. The two
men fired a single shot each, both shooting at essentially the same
time, the reports combining as one. Tutt missed. But Hickok's bullet
struck Tutt in the left side between the 5th and 7th ribs. Tutt called
out "Boys, I'm killed", ran onto the porch of the local
courthouse and back to the street where he collapsed and died.
8. Hickok's manslaughter trial began and lasted
three days. What day did it begin?
- August 3, 1865
- August 13, 1865
- August 23, 1865
9. The trial ended with a conviction of
manslaughter. Hickok spent a year in the Springfield, Missouri jail.
10. Several weeks after the gunfight, on September
13, 1865, , a writer for Harper's, sought out Hickok and began the
interviews that would eventually turn the then-unknown gunfighter into
one of the great legends of the Old West. Who was the writer?
- Ned Buntline
- Brett Harte
- Colonel George Ward Nichols