Jim Courtright’s life-saving act gave him a boost.
Jim Courtright was a well-known Old West gunfighter. He was fearless—as he showed during the Civil War. “Longhaired Jim” joined the Union forces at the age of 16. During the Battle of Fort Donelson in 1862, Courtright took a bullet that was intended for General John Alexander Logan. The general felt beholden to Jim, and after the Civil War he became a U.S. senator and well-to-do businessman. Logan often provided well-paying jobs for Courtright over the years, serving as a benefactor to the man who saved his life.