Philip Houston Coe

Philip Houston Coe

Birth
Monthalia, Gonzales County, Texas, USA
Death 9 Oct 1871 (aged 32)
Abilene, Dickinson County, Kansas, USA
Burial Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 2, Range 2, Lot 10, Grave 10
Memorial ID 9322052 · View Source
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Gunfighter. Noted Texas gambler and gunman. Protagonist of the book "Phil Coe: Texas Gambler" (Wolfe City, TX: Henington Publishing Company, 1984). Second Lieutenant, Company E, Terry's Texas Rangers, Eighth Cavalry. First Lieutenant, Company F, Second Regiment, Texas Mounted Rifles, Confederate Army. He and Ben Thompson fought for Maximilian in Mexico after the Civil War. In 1870 he and Thompson opened and operated the Bull's Head Saloon in Abilene, KS. Thompson left Abilene in 1871, leaving the Bull's Head to Coe. Coe was often at odds with Abilene Marshall James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok. Both sought the attentions of local prostitute Jessie Hazell. Finally, Hickok shot Coe in a gun battle on the streets of Abilene, Oct. 5, 1871. Coe died four days later, the last man killed by Hickok before his own demise at the hands of Jack McCall, Aug. 7, 1876, in Deadwood, SD.


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  • Created by: Carl Robert Coe
  • Added: 15 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9322052
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Philip Houston Coe (18 Jul 1839–9 Oct 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9322052, citing Prairie Lea Cemetery, Brenham, Washington County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Carl Robert Coe (contributor 46623827) .