(1839 - July 21, 1865)
Davis Tutt (sometimes called Dave Tutt) was born in Yellville, Arkansas and because of his father's involvement in the Tutt-Everett Feud in Arkansas became experienced with gunfire and gunfights.
Tutt joined the Confederate Army in 1862 as a wagonmaster. Later, Davis Tutt surfaced in Springfield, Missouri.
It was here in Springfield that Tutt and Wild Bill Hickok met. Both were gamblers and Tutt lent money to Wild Bill on occasion. It was the repayment of a debt to Tutt by Wild Bill that led to a gunfight. Wild Bill claimed he owed Tutt $25, but Davis claimed it was $35. After Wild Bill gave Davis Tutt a watch as collateral, Tutt raised the stakes to $45.
Tutt and Wild Bill met in the square exchanging stern, but somewhat friendly words stating each had settled loans amicably in the past. The dialogue hinted a respect each man had for each other.
Tutt left briefly and returned wearing a linen duster. Wild Bill warned Tutt about carrying his watch in the Springfield Square. Davis Tutt reached for his gun. Seeing Tutt's movement, Hickok reach for his pistol. The guns fired simultaneously. Tutt's bullet missed. Wild Bill's shot struck Davis Tutt in the heart. Davis staggered toward the courthouse, collapsed and died.
Davis Tutt is buried the Maple Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Books About Davis Tutt
Wild Bill Hickok - Gunfighter by Joseph G. Rosa
Joseph Rosa's new installment in his Wild Bill library. This book reflects a historian's life long commitment to one subject. It provides details on Wild Bill's guns and his gunfights through maps and eyewitness accounts. Lots of details about the gunfight between Wild Bill and Davis Tutt. A book worth savoring.
Wild Bill Hickok - The Man and His Myth by Joseph G. Rosa
Any of Rosa's books on Wild Bill will have some information on David Tutt. Rosa has spent years researching Hickok and his books are the best and updated as new information is found.