Virgil Earp
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1843
Date of Death: 1905
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Occupation: Soldier, law enforcement officer, gambler, miner, saloon-keeper
Parents: Nicholas Earp,
Virginia Cooksey
Spouse: Nellie Jane Earp;
Rossella Dragoo;
Allie Sullivan
Children: Nellie
Relatives: Wyatt, Morgan, James, Warren (brothers)
Professional Affiliations: US Marshals
Military Branch: Union

Army (American Civil War)

Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: Union Army (War of Secession)
Tombstone Rangers (Second Mexican War)

Virgil Walter Earp (July 18, 1843 – October 19, 1905) was the older brother of Wyatt Earp, and participated in the storied October 26, 1881 "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" in the town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory. In December 1881, a gunshot wound from an unknown assailant cost him the use of his left arm.

He spent most his life in law enforcement, but he did try his hand at a variety of careers. He served with the United States Army during the American Civil War.

Virgil Earp in Southern Victory[]

Virgil Earp had been just 18 years old when he enlisted in the Union Army when the War of Secession began in 1861. After the war ended, Virgil left the army and tried his hand at civilian life. In the late 1870s, he headed west to the New Mexico Territory. Although Virgil tried to convince his brother Wyatt to come with him, he ultimately failed.

When the Second Mexican War began in 1881, Virgil Earp rejoined the army, receiving the rank of brevet colonel and was placed in command of a volunteer cavalry regiment, in the New Mexico Territory. His participation in the war was short-lived, as he convinced his commanding officer, Colonel Peter Hains, to follow him and his regiment into a Confederate-Apache trap. In the ensuing battle, the combined militia and cavalry force was destroyed. Earp's horse was killed and landed on him, pinning his leg and possibly crippling him for life. After the battle was over, Confederate commander Jeb Stuart personally interrogated Earp. Although beaten and humiliated, Earp had the last laugh when he reminded Stuart that the Apaches were the CSA's problem now.[1]


  1. How Few Remain, pg. 284-285.