In late 1879 Virgil and Morgan Earp arrive by stage in Dodge City to ask Wyatt to join them near Tombstone, Arizona. Wyatt tired of the law profession is ready to join them. At the same time Old Man Clanton, his sons Phin and Ike, and two gunmen show up in Dodge City awaiting Dave Burnett of the Lazy Q. When the hotel is full, they kick people out taking their rooms. They sold Burnett stolen cattle for $8,000 and they want their money. The cattle were taken back by the Mexicans who owned them so Burnett is short money. Clanton gives him until 9:00 pm to raise $6,000. Burnett won't seek Wyatt's help due to a previous run in but Doc convinces Wyatt to talk to Burnett. Wyatt decides to take on the Clanton gang without guns telling Virgil and Morgan to get the deputies to help but they decide to help themselves. A full scale fistfight breaks out in the hotel with the Earps winning the battle but ultimately losing the war. Of course it is only their first battle to come. Written by
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Wyatt's brothers, Virgil and Morgan, came to Dodge City in the fall of 1879. They wanted Wyatt to return with them to Arizona territory, where opportunities in ranching or mining seemed to be almost fabulous. But neither Wyatt nor his brothers realized that Arizona at that time was ruled by a handful of corrupt officials in league with cattle thieves, stage robbers, and hoodlums. The Earps had ample warning of this situation when Old Man Clanton and his boys stopped off in ...