• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

August 6, 1886 Execution

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On August 6, 1886 Kit Ross was executed for the crime of murder. On December 20, 1885 he shot and killed Johnathan Davis. Though wounded, Davis chased Ross for seventy-five yards and wounded him twice before Davis began to weaken from the loss of blood. Davis died that night. Citizens gathered a reward of $150 for Ross' capture and six weeks later he was apprehended.

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