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On June 5th 1850 Pat Garrett is born in Chambers County Alabama One of seven children he was the son of John Lumpkin Garrett and Elizabeth Ann Jarvis Garrett In 1873 John Garrett purchased a Louisiana plantation in Claiborne Parish Pat went to school and grew up there On January 25th 1869 after the civil war Garrett leaves Louisiana to become a buffalo hunter in Texas After the slaughter of buffaloes became unprofitable in 1878 Garrett settles down in Fort Sumner New Mexico On January 18th 1880 he marries Apolinaria Gutierrez The couple had 9 children On July 19th 1878 the Lincoln County New Mexico War draws to an end following the Five Days Battle at Lincoln Henry McCarty alias Kid Antrim alias William H Bonney alias Billy the Kid is one of many outlaws still loose and running While Pat Garrett likely knew Billy the Kid saying they were friends is an overstatement Neither had much in common except both were experts with guns Garrett was not in the Lincoln County War On November 2nd 1880 Pat Garrett a Democrat is elected sheriff of Lincoln County He vows to bring the current reign of lawlessness to an end On December 15th 1880 New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace through a newspaper notice puts a 500 bounty on the head of Billy the Kid dead or alive the equivalent in todays economy would be 10000 Pat Garrett and his posse trap Billy the Kid and others in a one-room rock house at Stinking Springs near Fort Sumner on December 20th-21st 1880 The posse mistakenly kills Charlie Bowdre one of Billys most loyal friends The Kid and the others surrender that afternoon Garrett takes the shackled prisoners by buckboard into Las Vegas where Garrett has to fight off a mob at the train station before he can move on to the state prison at Santa Fe The mob was after one of the prisoners Dave Rudabaugh who
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