The only for sure image of the Kid.
(BTW he was right handed: the image was reversed due to the type of photography used at the time)
Chronology of Billy the Kid
sorted by Floyd D.P. Oydegaard
from a another complete list posted at
BILLY THE KID CHRONOLOGY
1829: Catherine McCarty is born.
1842: William H.H. Antrim is born.
1850: Patrick Floyd Garrett is born.
1855: Joseph McCarty is born.
1859: William Henry McCarty is born. Location; not sure.
1866: Catherine McCarty and sons are living in Indiana.
1868: Catherine, Joseph, and Henry McCarty show up on the
1870: (June) Catherine McCarty files on a quarter-section in
1871: (August) Catherine McCarty sells her holdings in Kansas.
1872: (probably October) Catherine McCarty, Joseph, Henry and
William Antrim are living in Denver CO.
1873: (March st) Catherine McCarty and Henry Antrim marry in Santa
Fe NM. Later that same month the McCarty/Antrims arrive in Silver City NM.
1874: (January 5th) Public school is held in Silver City for the first
time, Henry and Joseph and among the first students.
(May 30th) A traveling circus is in town. It is said that Henry and his friends would applaud when the tightrope and trapeze performers goofed up.
(September 16) Catherine McCarty Antrim dies in Silver City NM.
1875: (September 25th) A newspaper report says Henry McCarty is arrested in Silver City NM for the theft of clothes, he is jailed to be taught a lesson, but then escapes from that jail.
1876: (April) Miles Wood hired Henry Antrim as a cook at the Hotel de Luna outside Camp Grant AZ.
1877: (February16th) A warrant is issued for Henry McCarty. He is
accused of stealing Sgt. Hartman's horse.
(March 25th) The Kid and Mackie are captured near Camp Grant.
The Kid then escapes, with shackles on.
(August 17th) Kid Antrim kills Frank P. "Windy" Cahill near Camp Grant AZ.
William Bonney arrives in Lincoln County.
(November) The Kid is hired by Tunstall.
1878: (Feb 18th) Brewer, Middleton, Widenmann, Bonney and Tunstall, take 6
horses and 2 mules to Lincoln. They are ambushed by
Dolan's and Sheriff Brady's men, Morton, Evans and Hill
and they kill Tunstall. Tunstall's men, including the kid
manage to escape.
(Feb. 19th) Bonney and Brewer swear out affidavits and warrants are
issued for the sub-posse. While trying to serve the
warrants, Waite, Bonney and Constable Martinez are
detained by Sheriff William Brady. Waite and Bonney miss
Tunstall's funeral, Martinez would be let go.
(Feb. 23th) Bonney and Waite are let out jail.
(March 1st) Dick Brewer is appointed constable, Billy is his deputy.
They are to bring in Tunstall's murderers. Others are
deputized and call themselves "The Regulators."
(March 6th) The Regulators arrest Bill Morton and Frank Baker. Three days later Morton, Baker and McCloskey are killed at Agua Negra.
(April 1st) Jim French, Frank MacNab, John Middleton, Fred Waite,
Henry Brown, and Billy Bonney shoot at the Sheriff and
his deputies through makeshift portals of the adobe wall
they were behind. Bonney is wounded by Matthews while
attempting to recover the rifle taken from him by Brady.
Sheriff Brady and Deputy Hindman are killed.
(April 4th) There is a gun battle at Blazer's Mill with Buckshot
Roberts, a bounty hunter working for Dolan. Buckshot and
Brewer are killed, Middleton is badly wounded, Bonney is
grazed by a bullet, George Coe has his trigger finger
(April 18th) The Kid, Middleton, Waite and Brown are indicted for the
murder of Sheriff Brady, Dolan, Evans, Matthews and
others are indicted for the murder of Tunstall.
(May 10th) The Regulators hide out at Chisum's Ranch.
(June 8th) Bonney gives a deposition on the death of Tunstall, to
(July 5th) The regulators leave Chisum's ranch.
(Nov.13th) Wallace declares amnesty for parties involved in the
Lincoln County War. - The Kid is back in Lincoln County.
1879: (Feb. 18th) The Kid, O'Folliard, Evans and Dolan meet Lincoln to hold a peace parley. A peace treaty is formed and both sides agree. Susan McSween's attorney, Huston Chapman, is harassed and killed, both Dolan and Chapman firing their pistols.
(March 13th) The Kid writes a letter Wallace. He wants to surrender
and testify against Chapman's killers in exchange for a
(March15th) The governor writes back to the Kid and says that he
would meet with him.
(March 17th) The Kid and the governor meet. The following arrangement
was made: if the Kid allows a fake arrest and testifies
against Dolan and Dudley, he would be pardoned.
(March 20th) The Kid and O'Folliard are arrested and brought back to
Lincoln by Sheriff Kimball.
(April 14th) The Kid testifies in court against Chapman's murder.
(April 20th) Rynerson refused to honor Wallace's request to pardon
(May 28th) Bonney testifies in the Colonel Dudley Court of Inquiry.
(May 29th) Billy retakes the stand, 2 more questions are asked of him.
(June 17th) Billy slips off his handcuffs and tells his guards, "Boys, I'm tired of this. Tell General I'm tired." Billy waited 3 months in jail for the pardon
to come through after he kept his end of the bargain, but
the pardon never came.
(August 9) Sheriff Kimball and his men think they have Billy
cornered in a little cabin near Lincoln. They surrounded
the building, waited until dawn, only to find the cabin
empty. Later the Ft. commander reported, "escaped by
climbing up a chimney, leaving his arms behind, and
escaping under cover of night."
1880: (Jan.10th) Joe Grant challenges the Kid in Ft. Sumner. He pulls a
gun on the kid, it misfires (earlier the Kid pretended to
admire it, all the while positioning the chamber so the
hammer will fall on an empty round) and the Kid shoots
him dead, with 3 rounds to Grants chin.
(Feb.) The Kid gets Wilson, Dedrick, Chavez, Salazar, and Mora
to raid the Mescalero Reservation and take 48 horses.
(March10th) Billy and Co. steal 10 steers, 10 bulls and 2 cows from
the Jim and Pitzer Chisum stock.
(May19th) Bowdre, O'Folliard, and Billy sell 60 head of cattle for
$700.00 to Tom Cooper.
(Oct. 6th) Leonard receives a letter written by the kid. The Kid
wants to straighten things out with the law, he is tired
of running. Leonard agrees to meet in him in White Oaks
within the week. Leonard thinks he can offer Billy the
bargain the Wallace offered him if he testifies against
the counterfeiters. (Wilson, Cooper, West, and Dedrick)
The Kid shows up 6 weeks too late, and the deal is off.
(Oct.) Chisum talks Pat Garrett into running for Sheriff.
(Nov 2nd) Pat Garrett is elected sheriff of Lincoln County, beating
Kimbrell by 141 majority.
(Nov. 27th) Deputy James Carlyle is killed at the Greathouse ranch.
Carlyle was shot by members of his own posse, but the
death is blamed on the Kid.
(Dec. 12th) The Kid writes to Governor Wallace, explaining his side of
what happened when Carlyle was killed.
(Dec. 14th) Pat Garrett and his posse begin his pursuit of Billy the Kid.
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(Dec. 15th) Wallace offers a $500.00 reward for the capture and
delivery of Bonney to the Sheriff of Lincoln County.
(Dec 19th) Garrett and his posse ambush the Kid and his gang at Ft.
Sumner. The Kid and the others escape, O'Folliard is
(Dec. 23th) Charles Bowdre is mistaken for the Kid and killed, the
others eventually surrender to the Garrett posse at
(Dec. 24) The prisoners are brought back to Fort Sumner by noon.
They gave Charlie Bowdre's body to his wife. The Kid and
Rudabaugh are shackled together, and then they are loaded
up in a wagon and are headed for Las Vegas.
1881: (Jan.1st) The Kid writes to Governor Wallace-he asks the governor to come and see him.
(Feb. 28th) A paid informant (another prisoner) told Sheriff Martinez
that the Kid and his friends are trying to dig their way
out of jail. They are caught, separated and the Kid is
chained to the floor in a dark solitary cell.
1882: (March 4th) A newspaper reports that Garrett is finally paid
(March 2nd) Billy writes to the governor again, and again, no
(March 4th) The Kid writes his third letter to Wallace, asking
Wallace to come see him, and reminding him of his un kept
March 18th) Billy is indicted by the San Miguel grand jury for cattle
(March 27th) Billy writes to the governor for the last time.
(March 28th) The Kid transported to La Mesilla for trial.
v(March 30th) The Kid's first trial, for the killing of Buckshot
Roberts begins. Billy stands up and says he has no money
and no attorney. Ira Leonard is appointed.
(April 6th) The Buckshot Roberts case is dismissed, but Billy is held
to stand trial for Brady's murder.
(April 8th) The trial for the murder of Sheriff Brady begins.
(April 9th) The Kid is found guilty of Brady's murder.
(April 13th) The Kid is sentenced to hang on May 13th.
(April 15th) In the evening the Kid is put in a coach and is bound
towards Lincoln where he will be hanged.
(April 21st) The Kid is in Lincoln and is jailed in the Dolan store,
which is being used at the county jail.
(April 27th) Garrett is on his way to White Oaks to buy lumber for the
gallows, and to receive taxes.
(April 28th) Around noon, while Olinger takes other prisoners to the
Wortley, the Kid is left with James Bell. No one really
knows how he did it, but the Kid makes his escape killing
Bell, and then killing Olinger from a window above. He
then borrows a horse from Billy Burt and rides out of
(May 1st) Billy Burt's horse comes back to Lincoln as Billy
(July 14th) The Kid is shot and killed by Sheriff Garrett at Pete
Maxwell's house in Ft. Sumner. That night the body was
taken and laid out on a bench. Candles were lit around
the body, and a traditional all night wake was held.
(July 15th) A coroner's jury is organized and makes a verdict
-stating the death was justifiable homicide. That
afternoon, the Kid's body is buried next to Charlie
Bowdre and Tom O'Folliard, in the old military cemetery.
(July 20th) Pat Garrett is in Santa Fe trying to collect the $500.00
reward offered by Gov. Lew Wallace.
(Aug. 6th) Money is raised to reward Pat Garrett for killing the
(April) Pat Garrett meets Joseph Antrim in Colorado. They
talked for a couple of hours, shook hands, and that was
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