WILLIAM M. "BILL" TILGHMAN - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/15/1895 - HFSID 218021
Sale Price $1,530.00
Certifying that for 15 days, he used a team of two horses and a wagon to go into Indian Country to arrest Dan Regan.
Partly Printed Document Signed: "Wm Tilghman" as Deputy United States Marshal, 1p, 8¼x3. (Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory), circa 1895 April 15. In part: "I Certify That from Apl 1 to Apl 15 1895, I used my own team for the purpose of arresting Dan Regan as stated in within account. I further certify that the rates charged do not exceed those ordinarily charged by liverymen...I kept this team for the sole purpose of enabling me to perform my official duties and that it would otherwise be impossible to serve processes, as teams to go into the Indian Country for any length of time can not be hired." Tilghman, a saloon keeper and marshal at Dodge City in the 1880s, was appointed Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1892.Over the next two decades, Tilghman was instrumental in exterminating the outlaw gangs of Oklahoma and tracking down the infamous Bill Doolin and his gang, called the "Oklahombres". A gunfight took place five months after Tilghman signed this document. On September 6, 1895, near Elgin, Kansas, Tilghman located Little Bill Raidler, a member of the Doolin gang. Armed with a rifle, Tilghman and two deputies secluded themselves at the ranch where Raidler was staying. When he rode in to eat supper, Raidler was ordered to surrender. Raidler drew his pistol and fired off a wild shot. Tilghman, just ten feet away, fired at Raidler, breaking his right wrist and sending his gun flying. Little Bill turned and ran but was hit by a shotgun blast fired by one of the deputies. Tilghman arrested Raidler, carefully brought him into town, later helping him obtain a parole. 2 file hole nicks at upper left corner. ½-inch red, stray vertical ink mark at upper right margin. Fine condition.
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