Receiving his commission in the late part of the 19th century, Fortune
worked in the Central district of Indian Territory most of the time.
He was often seen in the company of Zeke Miller and Neely Factor two
other U.S. Deputy marshals working for the Ft. Smith court. He was known
for his ability to spy on outlaw gangs sometimes for hours at a time without
detection or arousing suspicion, before making his capture. Most of the
outlaws he arrested were taken to the Macalester holding jails before removed
to Ft. Smith for trials.
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