I was referring to when he left his dental practice in Griffin Georgia after being diagnosed. That was when he reportedly headed west, at least in part, for “drier climes” as advised by his doctor. Which is a questionable statement given that Dallas is humid rather than arid (which Wilcox noted discovering when she stepped off a plane as referenced in the video).
I believe Doc didn’t get into gambling and whatnot till after he split from the practice in Dallas where he had been working with that local dentist and then tried to open his own (which didn’t go well in part due to his worsening cough). That’s when he turned to poker as a source of income, started drinking more heavily and, as you noted, chased poker games while dodging the law.
I know the incident at the river was probably another catalyst for him moving, possibly the primary one depending on which version of the story is true. No account has apparently been found in the record of the time - legal charges or mention of the incident in papers.
Although it seems unlikely violence by a well off white man against black kids would be newsworthy or pursed legally if, as one side of the story asserts, no one was hurt. But if the incident did result in the death of someone, it would then make sense that he would flee. But then it’s strange that no records of the incident exist at all, although they could have all been destroyed somehow.
So, to quote Gary L Roberts “coughing spasms, a broken heart, a shotgun blast or possibly a combination of all three cut him off forever from his past and threw him into an unknown future”
….. at least until about 1882 seem more related to him trying to find poker games without being arrested, jailed or fined. If you follow Holliday’s travels prior to Tombstone , he has a long and repeated... more
I’ve read that after failing to establish his dental practice in Dallas, Doc traveled to Jacksboro, TX, to play poker and got into trouble there. My great-grandmother lived near Jacksboro (in a town called... more
If the son of a white man prominent in the community killed a black kid right after the Civil War, he wouldn’t need to flee. He could reasonably expect to be acquitted—or not even charged—since the local... more
Very accurate summary. The yankee occupation army had a very tight grip on the former confederate states. Basically it was a martial law environment with southerners being subjected to a military... more
Karen, At a young age, I became interested in Doc. We were both born in Griffin, and attended the same church. The preacher at the 1st Presbyterian told me that a famous man named John Henry Doc Holliday... more
Apologies, I did not see your message until just now. I will keep an eye out for it, thanks for the heads up! So do you think Val Kilmer got the accent right? Or at least a feasible representation?... more