Would you have liked to be present at the shootout in Tombstone? or the capture of a famous outlaw? or perhaps the discovery of gold somewhere? or a stagecoach or train robbery? What intrigues you the most and why?
This would be my first choice too. I would like to be able to make up my mind who did what first. I also believe it plausible that Doc set it off by cocking the shotgun, ie point of no return. I would like to be able to check out my theory that Virgil didnt actually have control of his "squad" when they entered the lot--they were all of different mind and intent: Virgil--disarm and arrest the cowboys; Wyatt--"you sons of bitches have been looking for a fight and now you can have it;" Doc to Morgan or vice versa--"Let 'em have it." It was obviously a very intense moment and with emotions and grudges running high, it is easy to understand "cross-purposes."
That's probably why the judge termed Virgil deputizing his brothers and Doc an "injudicious act."
But "wucha gonna do when they come for you...?" My second choice would be to have seen how Johnny Ringo really went down. I love this stuff.
As I have a strong interest in the Kansas/Missouri border war I would like to have been a witness to the read on Lawrence.I know this was a bloody day in history, but I feel it was the most daring raid to take place during the conflict.
Tombstone comes to mind first, but this would have to include the entire time from the Earps arrival to the end of the vendetta ride. I couldn't stand knowing the truth about only part of the overall story.
Being present in Lincoln on April 28th and being able to determine how Billy got the pistol he used to kill James Bell.
One thing for sure however, if all the questions had been answered without a shadow of doubt back then we would not be having near as much fun today.
(1) Tombstone - the whole thing
(2) Custer's Last Stand
(3) Geronimo's Capture
(4) The battle for the Alamo
(5) Wild Bill Hickock's last moments
There are lots of unanswered questions to all these historical events.
I would have liked to have been one of the cowboys that, after three months of cattle driving misery, got turned loose in Dodge City with three months pay burning a hole in my pocket and a responsibility to no one.
The gunfight with Wild Bill and David Tutt.I believe Hickock was standing sideways like in a crossdraw and when he hit Tutt he just got damn lucky.I shot a bat out of the air once like that at night above athe street lamp and it was goin everywhere,i had no intention of hittin it but bb and bat crossed paths just right and it crashed and burned right at my feet,but i was the talk of the neighborhood for a long time.
I agree with you Rick. I've been a shooter most of my life and have done a lot of revolver shooting with both percussion and black powder cartridge. With either one that sort of pin-point accuracy just isn't likely at that distance.