A Real-Life Baddass Old West Gunfighter

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  1. wwkirk

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    I recently found out about this guy reading Quora.
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    "On December 19, 1854, while trekking on a miner's trail along the North Fork of the American River, Dr. Bolivar Sparks, James McDonald, and Captain Jonathan Davis were bushwhacked by an international band of bandits. The bandits, a Frenchman, two Americans, two Britons, four Mexicans, and four Australians, had robbed and killed four American miners on the previous day and six Chinese miners on the day before that. Several of the bandits were members of the Sydney Ducks gang. McDonald was killed instantly and Dr. Sparks was fatally wounded; however, Captain Davis, an Army veteran, pulled out both of his pistols and killed seven of the bandits in short order. Out of bullets, Captain Davis, an expert fencer, pulled out his Bowie knife and killed four more of his attackers. The surviving bandits fled for their lives. The shootout was witnessed by a group of miners, who buried the bodies of the dead."

    Additional write-ups.
    The Jonathan Davis Incident
    The Deadliest Frontier Partisan — Captain Jonathan R. Davis - Frontier Partisans
    The Gang Slayer - True West Magazine
     
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  2. August

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    Never heard of him before .
     
  3. wwkirk

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    Neither did I. He definitely deserves to be more famous.
     
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  4. August

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    Make a great film . :)
     
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