United States Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves has been tracking his quarry for across the West for months. Having finally cornered notorious criminal Bob Dozier in December 1878, somewhere in the Cherokee Hills, the lawman had decided to call it a night. As he was setting up camp, though, a shot flew by his head. A gunfight ensued between the two men, at the end of which one of them would be dead.
Reeves likely had no idea that he would one day end up in a gunfight with a dangerous criminal when he was growing up in the southern States. Born in 1838 in Arkansas, he was a slave from the day that he came into the world. Spending his youth in Texas, after his “owner” moved there in 1846, the young man went on to valet for the man’s son, George.