Austin City Marshal Ben Thompson
On January 20, 1875 the Texas Legislature
authorized Governor Richard B. Hubbard
to offer a $5,000 reward for
the apprehension of John Wesley Hardin.
John Barclay Armstrong - Texas Ranger
On August 24, 1877, Hardin was arrested on a train
in Pensacola, Florida, by the rangers and local authorities.
lawmen boarded the train to arrest Hardin. When Hardin realized what
was going on, he attempted to
draw a gun, but got it caught in his
suspenders. Hardin was knocked out, and two others arrested.
the event, Texas Ranger John B. Armstrong shot and killed one of
Hardin's companions, named Mann.
John Wesley Hardin
Hardin's post mortem photo
John Selman, Sr.
Hardin was shot to death in El Paso on August 19, 1895, by
Constable John Selman, Sr.
US Marshal George Scarborough
Selman Sr. was arrested for murder and stood trial.
He claimed he had fired in self defense,
and a hung jury resulted in
his being released on bond, pending retrial. However, before
retrial could be organized, Selman was killed in a shootout with US
Scarborough (on April 6, 1896) following a dispute
during a card game.
Court records show John Wesley Hardin was carrying
a Colt "Lightning" revolver when he was shot and
on August 19, 1895. The Colt, (with a .38 caliber, 2½" barrel) is nickel-plated,
with blued hammer, trigger
and screws. The back-strap is
hand-engraved: "J.B.M. TO J.W.H." It has mother-of-pearl grips. This
and its holster were once sold at auction for $168,000. Another
Colt revolver (known as a .41 caliber
"Thunderer"), which was owned by
Hardin and used by him to rob the Gem Saloon,
was sold at the same
auction for $100,000.
Gravestone on the grave of John Wesley Hardin