By Rob Staeger
Relates occasions within the own lifetime of a marshal with nerves of metal, Wyatt Earp, who used to be often called a peacemaker till the gunfight on the O.K. Corral.
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Justice Spicer stated that at first glance, Virgil’s decision to get his brothers’ help in approaching the cowboys did not seem wise. ” The gunfight was certainly an emergency, and Virgil could not have survived it alone. The judge found the Earps and Holliday not guilty. Wyatt and Doc were released on December 1. One of the first things Wyatt did was register to vote in Cochise County. This sent a signal to the cowboys: Wyatt Earp was in Tombstone to stay. The cowboys would do their best to change that.
This was one of the first boxing matches to be fought under some new rules. Wyatt was told about several new fouls, including hitting below the belt. In the eighth round, Sharkey doubled over in pain; apparently, Ruby Bob had hit him below the belt. Wyatt declared Sharkey the winner. The next day, Wyatt was the most hated man in San Francisco. The crowd wanted to see a knockout, not a foul. Plus, people doubted whether Sharkey was actually hit; he might have just been faking. All the negative publicity brought Wyatt back into the spotlight.
During this time, Wyatt began to see Josie Marcus again. In 1883, Wyatt and Josie left San Francisco together. They were eventually married. Wyatt moved back to Gunnison. If people tried to draw him into a fight, he would defuse the situation without backing down. Wyatt was back to his old style—solving problems through intimidation, not gunplay. From Gunnison, Wyatt and Josie traveled to Eagle City, Idaho, where Wyatt’s brother James was living. The Earps staked claims on several mines, but they found no gold.