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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2020 3:23 p.m. PST

… during the Civil War. Here's the Georgia city where the gunfighter's legend began.

"Did John Henry "Doc" Holliday kill nearly a dozen men, or perhaps only a few? Was Holliday's tuberculosis contracted from his mother? Was he involved in a deadly incident at a Georgia swimming spot that foreshadowed a penchant for violence?

These questions and many more swirl around the dentist, gambler and gunman who became the stuff of legends (and dime novels and movies) relating to the Old West. One thing we know for sure: Holliday's story begins in Griffin, Ga., where he was born in August 1851 and lived for more than two years during the Civil War.

I came upon Holliday by surprise last month when I was in Griffin to visit the site of Camp Stephens, a training center for Georgia troops during the conflict. Griffin is about 40 miles south of Atlanta…"
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