Phillip Brassell was a doctor in Fayette County, Georgia in the years after the Civil War. And he was sick–tuberculosis, made worse by the climate. It’s likely that he consulted with the only other physician in the county about what to do. It’s not clear what Dr. John Stiles Holliday (photo) might have told him. But in 1870, Brassell took his family to Texas.
Dr. Holliday’s nephew, a dentist, followed the same route when he was diagnosed with consumption a couple of years later. Dr. Brassell died in the Sutton-Taylor Feud. Doc Holliday went on to greater infamy.