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Hi! My name is Ulrik, and this is my student blog. My posts will be based on tasks and subjects given to the class by my English teacher Ann. I am currently in my third year at Sandvika High School, Norway.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

The Earp Brothers.
Not all of them were present at the gunfight
Tombstone, 1881
On this date, October 26 , 1881, the most notorious and famous gunfight in the old west took place. The shootout took place in the the city of Tombstone, and on one side was the Earp brothers, aided by Doc Holliday.
On the other side was Tom McLaury, his brother  Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton.Also present on their side was Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne, but they both ran from the fight.
When the fight was over, thirty seconds had gone by, thirty shots had been fired, and Frank, his brother, and Billy Clanton was lying dead on the ground. Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday were wounded, leaving Wyatt Earp as the only unharmed.

The fight was probably just a fight between the law, and the lawless. The Earps had lived in Tombstone for a couple of years, and Virgil was the Towns Marshall. The Clantons, Mclaurys and Claiborne were in the outlaw gang called the "Cowboys". There are no certain sources of exactly what happened that day. The Earp brothers claimed they shot in self defense, when they demanded that the gang turned over their weapons, and they opened fire. However, the two surviving gang members who ran, said they were shot down in cold blood. Personally I find that hard to believe, since Wyatt was the only unharmed. After the gunfight, there were retaliation attacks, which led to the death of Morgan and Virgil Earp. Wyatt Earp the started the famous "Earp Vendetta Ride". The fight is today world famous, and so are the Earp Brothers. The wild west may not have been exactly like the movies, but I do like to believe it was. This event proves that sometimes, it actually was.

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