Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another Gunfight For Western Wednesday...!

This ol'boy must have been a true "bad-ass", even though I don't remember hearing about him before.

Sounds to me like the bad guys picked on the wrong man this time. Should have just left the man alone, I reckon!

Davis–Sydney Ducks Shoot-Out

If there is one man you definitely don’t want to face in a gunfight, it’s Captain Jonathan R. Davis. On December 19, 1854, he single-handedly took on a dangerous gang of robbers and killed 11 of them.

Davis was a former army captain turned prospector. On the day in question, he was working with his two partners when they were ambushed by a band of outlaws. Almost half of the men were “Sydney Ducks,” criminal immigrants from Australia. The rest were Mexicans, Americans, Brits, and even a Frenchman, 13 in total. They were thought to be responsible for 10 murders just in the few days prior.

They charged the three prospectors, guns blazing. Davis’s partners were gunned down immediately. One died on the spot, and the other would succumb to his wounds days later. Davis had time to pull out his revolvers and start firing.

By the time he ran out of bullets, seven outlaws were on the ground. Four of the survivors decided to approach Davis with blades—three with Bowie knives and one with a sword. Unfortunately for them, Davis had his own knife and was quite adept at using it. He took turns disarming and stabbing each one of his assailants, even cutting the nose off one of them.

The remaining robbers, finally realizing they had no chance, made a run for it. Seven of their comrades lay dead at Davis’s feet, and four more later died of their injuries.

There are times that choosing what looks to be an easy target is not a good idea. I reckon this was one of those times! Thanks again to the folks over at Listverse for the article.

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. It's a little chilly out on the patio.


Chickenmom said...

Just like John Wayne in "True Grit"!
40 here now, but it's going to be cold tomorrow. I'll bring some cornbread.

linda m said...

He sure sounds like some one I would not want to "cross". Yes, a John Wayne from "True Grit" type of person. It is 21 degrees here this AM with an expected high of 31 Brrrrrrrr. Coffee in the kitchen sounds good. I'll bring some WI honey to go with the cornbread.

Mamahen said...

Interesting fellow....always learn something here :))

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Sometimes the real people actually live up to the legends, I reckon.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda M...
Probably a nice guy until he got riled up!

Glad it's not as cold here as up there!

Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Mamahen...
I'm glad I can show you something new and interesting.

Many thanks for your visit!

Dizzy-Dick said...

He was a one man army!!

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
Sure sounds like it, doesn't it? Quite a guy!

Thanks for coming by today!