Welcome to America's Old West!
Wyatt Earp
William H. Bonnie
aka Billy the Kid
Jesse James
     This page is dedicated to the most famous characters and events from America's Old West.

    The content of this page comes from my popular facebook page: www.facebook.com/edwardagraves .  I hope you will visit and "like" that page to get automatic updates when new posts are made.

     But what I really hope to add here are YOUR STORIES.  In my travels I've heard countless stories about these same events and characters, and the Old West in general, that have been passed down in family lore.  I would like to publish those stories for you, on this page, and perhaps through wider distribution in the  future.

​     If you have such a story to share, please CONTACT ME !
Henry McCarty aka William H. Bonney aka Billy the Kid
Frank & Jesse - Brothers
Jesse James
Wyatt Earp
Sully's American West is available now on Amazon and other e-book outlets
​​From 10/20/17 - This Facebook Post originally ran as a slideshow with photos appearing in order from Top Left (Billy the Kid) clockwise to Sully's American West bookcover:    
​     In many ways the Old West continues to define America still to this day, and these characters, among others, define America's Old West. Billy the Kid, Jesse & Frank James, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Bill Doolin, and many more, along with the most infamous events of the Old West all come to life in Sully's American West - an epic work of Historical Fiction covering all of these people and events with historical accuracy set within the fictional story of Sully as he travels the West, befriends, and witnesses them all. I'm the author, Edward A. Graves, and I'd like to invite you to follow my facebook page, and visit my site: www.edwardagraves.com for more information on the Old West and Sully's American West. As always, your Comments, Likes, Shares, and especially your book purchases (on Amazon and most other e-book outlets) are appreciated. Your Author, Ed...
Doc Holliday
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Bat Masterson
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Bill Doolin
​​From 9/21/17:    
John Henry “Doc” Holliday, 1851-1887: His legendary status and characterization in American pop culture is only matched by the reality of the actual life he led.  He was born to a good family in Georgia, receiving exceptional education there, until deciding to pursue the Dental profession.  He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Pennsylvania 5 months before his 21st birthday!  But he was soon diagnosed with Tuberculosis, a disease that had previously killed both his mother and brother, and so he followed medical advice that the Western climate would ease the symptoms of his condition.  He continued to practice Dentistry, but found he had equal or greater skill in another profession – gambling, and gambling was much more fun!  It was that profession, and the saloon environment in general, that led him through his Western adventures.  It was in one of those saloons in Texas that he first met Wyatt Earp forming what would become a lifelong dedicated friendship between the two.  His associations with Wyatt Earp, Big Nose Kate, Bat Masterson, Johnny Ringo, Ike Clanton, and countless other Western characters are accompanied by more scrapes, scandals, notorious events, accusations, and infamous encounters, including his central role in Tombstone, than can ever be fully recounted.  There is no doubt however, that his friendship was loyal, he was fearless in the face of confrontation, and absolutely deadly when called upon.  Tuberculosis finally overcame him though, and at the age of 36 he succumbed to it in a hotel in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  Many of these characters and adventures are detailed in Sully’s American West, by Edward A. Graves, available as an e-book now on Amazon and other e-book outlets, published by History Publishing Company.  For more information about Sully’s American West and the Old West in general, I invite you to visit my website: www.edwardagraves.com.  As always, your Likes, Comments, Shares, and especially Book Purchases are very much appreciated.  Your Author, …Ed
UPDATE:  After making this post on facebook, in doing some additional research, I discovered that Doc's mother was an immigrant from Ireland!  The deeper I go into the history of America's Old West, the more surprised I am at what a critical role the Irish played in it!
​​From 8/31/17:  On September the 7th, 1876, Jesse and Frank James, along with Cole, Bob, and Jim Younger, plus Clell Miller, Bill Chadwell, and Charlie Pitts rode into Northfield Minnesota intent on robbing the First National Bank. It was a disaster. By the time it was done, most of the outlaws had been shot multiple times, two lay dead in the streets, and the rest were killed or captured within days – only Frank and Jesse James escaped. Of the townspeople, one was killed inside the bank under questionable circumstance and another fell in the street due to crossfire with the shooter unknown. But I have an opinion on this: The eight outlaws who rode in that day were all Civil War, and outlaw battle, hardened and seasoned men. Was it miraculous that more of the townspeople were not killed? I think not. The only logical explanation to the disproportions in experience and casualties is that the gang was under strict orders not to kill townspeople. No matter what you may think of Jesse James and his gang, and opinions do vary widely, it is this author’s opinion that along with being a prolific outlaw, he was also a man of moral conscience. The Northfield raid, and countless other of the Old West’s most famous people and events is covered in great detail in Sully’s American West Volumes I & II, available as an e-book on Amazon and other e-book outlets now. As always, your Likes, Shares, Comments, and especially your book purchases are greatly appreciated! Your Author, …Ed
PS: All photos in this post are historical in nature and not my original work.

​​From 8/17/17:  And now let me tell you about the most famous Outlaw … you’ve probably never heard of: Bill Doolin 1858 – 1896. In many ways, Bill Doolin marked the end of America’s Old West, and his story is fascinating! He began as a trusted ranch hand in Oklahoma Territory but found trouble that led him to look up an old friend from the ranch - Emmett Dalton - and so began his time riding with the infamous Dalton Gang. He was not with them though, on the day they met their fate in Coffeeville, and so he went on to form his own gang – the Wild Bunch. Bill and the Wild Bunch were prolific train and bank robbers until being tracked down by U.S. Marshals in Ingalls Oklahoma at which time the longest running, and deadliest to law enforcement, gunfight of America’s Old West took place. The Wild Bunch escaped nearly unscathed while the Marshals lost three of their own. Afterwards, in what must have been a comical scene, U.S. Marshall Bill Tilghman accidentally found Bill while he was soaking in a tub in Eureka Springs, Ark. The Marshall took him into custody and took him to jail in Guthrie, from which he promptly escaped. The Wild Bunch continued until finally, just as Bill and his family were about to leave Oklahoma and the outlaw life forever, the law caught up with him once and for all, and his ride was ended … along with America’s Old West. Bill Doolin is an important part of Old West history and his story is covered from his days as a ranch hand through the gunfight at Ingalls – along with countless more of the Old West’s most famous people and events – in Sully’s American West Volumes I & II, published by History Publishing Company, and available as an e-book from Amazon and other e-book outlets. For more information visit my site, www.edwardagraves.com.
 As always, your Comments, Likes, Shares, and especially Purchases, are appreciated! Thanks, Your Author, …Ed
PS: My infatuation with the Old West first began when I discovered that two of my children are descendants of, yes … Bill Doolin. …Ed

​​From 8/9/17:  I would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for the success of last week’s Wyatt Earp post. It reached over 37,000 people, got 1692 Engagements, 231 Reactions, 52 Shares, and 36 Page Likes, bringing our total Page Follows to 413! That’s amazing and I am truly grateful for the reception and support you’ve given!
But may I ask a favor? If your budget will allow for the $9.99US e-book purchase on Amazon, please do so. The only way Sully’s American West Volumes I and II will make it to print is if it hits the publishers’ e-book goal of 1,500 copies. All of your page activity is greatly appreciated, but to keep it going I need e-books sales...just being honest! (Inside hint: once these two books hit the mark I’ve got at least two additional ‘Sully’s’ ready to start)!
Finally, forgive the sales request - another historical post will follow soon! PS: Yes, the Cowboy picture above is me – albeit a much younger version of myself and in my alter ego  ;-). Thanks again for everything, Your Author, …Ed

​​From 8/2/17 ;  Wyatt Earp (1848-1929): Son. Brother. Husband. Friend. Lawman. Gambler… Hero? Criminal? Fearless? Gunfighter? Thief? Businessman? Politician? Conman? Fact? Fiction? The first six of those adjectives are known to history; the next ten remain in historical debate to this day. But no matter – he is cemented in America’s Old West as its most legendary figure, and from the open range to boomtown streets, he led a life of adventure to earn it. Good or bad, right or wrong, Wyatt Earp *is* the American West. From his early days trying to join the Army at too young an age, to Dodge City, to Tombstone, and beyond, Wyatt Earp is ingrained in the story of America’s West. In Sully’s American West Volumes I and II, Sully and Wyatt have encounters through all of those places and events as they forge a lifelong friendship. Sully’s American West, published by History Publishing Company, is available as an e-book through Amazon and other e-book outlets now. As always, your Likes, Shares, Comments, and especially your Purchases, are very much appreciated. Your Author, …Ed

​​From 7/21//17:  1859 New York City: An Irish woman named Catherine McCarty gives birth to her son Henry McCarty, aka Henry Antrim, aka William H. Bonney, aka Billy the Kid. 21 years later he walked these (now reconstructed) planks at John Tunstall’s store and the Courthouse in Lincoln, N.M. In the years between those events he was a son, stepson, petty thief, ranch hand, cattle rustler, and defender of justice, all on the way to becoming one of the Old West’s most notorious Outlaws until being shot and killed by Pat Garrett – or was he? Sully’s American West recounts much of his story, the Lincoln County War in particular, along with countless other historical figures and events, now available from Amazon and other e-book outlets, from History Publishing Company. If you love America’s Old West, purchase Volume I today, with Volume II to follow in August. And as always, please Like & Share this post. Thanks, Your Author, Ed…

​​From 7/14/17:  
***** “Loving, Loving, Loving the book … a fabulous read!”- Doug, reader review from Sligo, Ireland.
***** “I really enjoyed the book. The Old West is slowly, but surely being forgotten... it is nice to see and read a way to remember it...” – Amazon reader review.
***** “Sully is allowed to grow into an epical new figure in American literature” – Donagh Bracken, History Publishing Company.
Oklahoma Author of Irish descent, Edward A. Graves, is proud to announce that Sully’s American West Volume II has completed editing and is off to the publisher! Volume II continues the travels of Sully - an Irish cook, entertainer, storyteller, and bartender, now in America - through the greatest events and characters of America’s Old West. In Volume II he reunites with his old friend Wyatt Earp (from Volume I) and Doc Holliday at the Oriental Saloon in Tombstone. Afterwards he travels the Colorado Mining Boomtowns all the way to Denver. There, at the advice of Bat Masterson, he finds himself on the way to the famous Oklahoma Land Runs. In the midst of those, he accepts an offer from the 7th Cavalry only to find himself witness to the most tragic event of his life – at Wounded Knee. The aftermath leads him back to Guthrie, but he ends up being waylaid and held by the Dalton Gang on the eve of their decimation in Coffeeville. That leads to yet another incident as U.S. Deputy Marshal Bill Tilghman enlists his help to bring down the Wild Bunch in the largest, and most deadly to law enforcement, gunfight in the history of America’s Old West. After that, his story finishes, but with an ending that even I did not expect as I wrote it – I know you’ll love it! AVAILABLE NOW as an e-book on Amazon!
PS: Did you know? All photographs presented on this page are the original work of your author, Edward A. Graves. Enjoy! Ed…


​​From 7/7/17:  In 1863 a young Irish man finds passage to America, only to arrive on the eve of the infamous New York Draft Riots. That event sends him on a 30 year journey through America’s Old West in which he encounters most every great character and event that defined it: Jesse & Frank James, the Younger Brothers, the Civil War, the Kansas Cowtowns, the fall of the James’ Gang in Northfield, John Chisum Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the OK Corral, the Western Mining Town Boom, Wounded Knee, the fall of the Dalton Gang in Coffeeville, and the greatest gunfight that ever took place between Lawmen and Outlaws in America. Sully’s American West, AVAILABLE NOW as an e-book published by History Publishing Company, is his eyewitness account of all those people and events, and more – Volume I was released in May of this year and Volume II will follow in August. For more information visit www.edwardagraves.com
or you can download it today from your favorite e-book outlet. As always, your purchase and Like’s, Share’s, and Follows of this page are much appreciated. Thanks, Ed…(your author, very proud of my family heritage that goes back to County Clare, of the name Garvey)

​​From 7/1/17:  Just finished Volume II to be released in August, VOLUME I is AVAILABLE NOW! 
Do you, or someone you know, love the Old West? Jesse & Frank James, the Younger Brothers, the Civil War in the West, the Kansas Cowtowns, the fall of the James’ Gang in Northfield, John Chisum Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the OK Corral, the Western Mining Town Boom, Wounded Knee, the fall of the Dalton Gang in Coffeeville, the greatest gunfight that every took place between Lawmen and Outlaws? Sully’s American West follows one man’s journey through all these events and characters (and many more) in an extraordinary work of Historical Fiction – available NOW! Sully’s American West has just been released by History Publishing Company and can be downloaded as an e-book from all major e-book outlets. For more info visit www.edwardagraves.com
 and/or like, follow, and share this page! Thanks, Ed…(your author)
PS: These books will be available in print once the publisher’s e-book sales goal is met, so please help me to reach that goal with your e-book purchase today!

​​Fro m 6/21/17:  AVAILABLE NOW! Do you, or someone you know, love the Old West? Jesse & Frank James, the Younger Brothers, the Civil War in the West, the Kansas Cowtowns, the fall of the James’ Gang in Northfield, John Chisum Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the OK Corral, the Western Mining Town Boom, Wounded Knee, the fall of the Dalton Gang in Coffeeville, the greatest gunfight that every took place between Lawmen and Outlaws? Sully’s American West follows one man’s journey through all these events and characters (and many more) in an extraordinary work of Historical Fiction – available NOW! Sully’s American West has just been released by History Publishing Company and can be downloaded as an e-book from all major e-book outlets. For more information visit www.edwardagraves.com
 and/or like, follow, and share this page! Thanks, Ed…(your author)
PS: These books will be available in print once the publisher’s e-book sales goal is met, so please help me to reach that goal with your e-book purchase today!

PS: That's a picture of a much younger me!  We were staging "just for fun" Old West photo's - not meant to be historically accurate...
​​ From 6/4/17:   To my Native American friends and audience – Sully’s American West is a work of historical fiction that traces one man’s journey through the most famous and infamous people and events of America’s Old West. Of course no book on the West would be complete without the Native American, but I did not feel that I had the heritage or knowledge to write about that culture. One event however, needed to be covered, and I’m just about to wrap that up as part of Volume II. It occurred at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on December 29, 1890. It is estimated that over 200 Lakota men, women, and children were massacred that morning by over 500 soldiers of the recently rebuilt 7th Regiment of the U.S. Army. I have read, researched, and thought much about this event and truly believe I provide an accurate picture of the event itself, and some very plausible factors that led up to it. It is my most sincere hope that my interpretation will honor all that was lost, lives and way of life, on that tragic day in American History. Sully’s American West Volume I is due for release on June 30, with Volume II to follow August 15. Ed…

​​ From 5/29/17:  On this Memorial Day, as we remember our fallen, let's not forget those who fell in the very formation of our country. Gettysburg: July 1-3, 1863. Those three terrible days resulted in ~50,000 American casualties (dead, wounded, captured, or missing). Less than a year and a half later the Civil War would end and the great Western migration would begin. Much of what became known as the Old West resulted from those who survived and became part of that migration - for better or worse. Sully's American West begins right after Gettysburg and follows Sully to the Battle of Westport, also known as the Gettysburg of the West where 3,000 men perished. Be it 150 years ago, or this past year, take time today to remember all of those who have sacrificed to secure our freedom and make America the greatest nation on earth.---

​​ From 5/21/17:  Death Alley in Coffeeville, Kansas. On October 5, 1892, the Dalton Gang rode into town intending to rob two banks at one time - the plan was unsuccessful. The town fought back and by the time the smoke cleared, four citizens were dead, as well as four of the five Dalton gang members. Three of the Daltons, and one Marshall, died in this alley. While the alley has certainly changed over the years, the old jail is still there complete with replicas of the Daltons as they were displayed after their deaths, and bullet holes can still be seen in the north wall. The American West - still in plain sight today! This event in Coffeeville is covered in Sully's American West, Volume II, which is coming along nicely and scheduled for release August 15th! Stay tuned for updates! Ed...

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From 5/11/17:  I was wandering the back roads around Lincoln, New Mexico (ref: Billy the Kid & the Lincoln County War) when I came across this. It was off the beaten path, not there for tourists ... actual Western History!


From 5/7/17:  I shot this in South Dakota at their 1880's town, same day I got to groom "Cisco" from Dances With Wolves. 
http://www.1880town.com/1880-town/dances-with-wolves/
Gotta love the Old West!
From 5/5/17:  Hi Folks - Everything is progressing nicely, Volume II is turning out awesome (writing the Tombstone chapter now!) and I've just updated my website with current information. So, in an effort to keep you entertained while we wait for the release I've decided to update this page with some Western photo's I've shot and produced over the years. Hope you and enjoy them and as always, Likes & Shares are appreciated!