Wyatt Earp is best known for his part in the infamous Gunfight at O.K. Corral, where he and his brothers Virgil and Morgan, along with old friend Doc Holliday confronted the Clanton's and the McLaury's in a shoot-out that in fact lasted less than 30 seconds. Wyatt was the only one of his partners left unscathed; but Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury were all shot and eventually died, while Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne fled the scene. The gunfight was a climactic moment in the bitter fued between the Earps and the Clanton-McLaury ring, but the brutal fued continued long after.
Wyatt Earp was born in Monmouth, Illinious on March 19, 1848. Wyatt and his brothers were taught by there father to fight as their younger sister later said to her daughter "All your uncles especially Wyatt would rather fight than eat." Wyatt moved about the country and had many careers, including rancher, railroad worker, and prospector, but his most famous line of work is that of a frontier Marshall. Although the shoot-out has become a signature of the Wild West, Wyatt did most of his law enforcement with the back of his Remington cap and ball revolver, which reinforced the weapon when used as a club, or with his fists.