Another less known and reported "Cave Wyatt" is HP Wyatt shot and killed by William Comstock. Comstock was an Indian trader/drifter hired by Union forces as an Indian Scout. He had a falling out with HP Wyatt who claimed to have been with Quantrill over a firewood contract at Ft Wallace KS. Comstock shot and killed said Wyatt on 1 Jan 1868, he as arrested and subsequently acquitted for lack of evidence. Apparently said Wyatt was not appreciated around town....Judge in the case was ME Joyce and the trial was held at Hays City. Comstock was highly regarded as a scout and reportedly was one of Custer's favorites he himself ended up being killed by Indians in late August or Sept. 1868.
Not as sexy as Cavan Wyatt for sure and certainly all sorts of folks claimed fame from Quantrill.
From Hays City historical marker
Marcellus E. Joyce, Union spy during the Civil War and well-known journalist of this day, presided from 1867 to 1868 as justice of the peace for most of the western Kansas. “Chief Justice” Joyce legends unanimously suggest that he frequently made bizarre interpretations of the law. When W.A. "Medicine Bill" Comstock, noted frontier scout, pleaded guilty to a murder charge in 1868, Joyce reportedly said he was a fool for admitting it and discharged him for lack of evidence.
In January 1868, though, a strange episode threatened Comstock’s soaring scouting career. The incident contradicts Medicine Bill’s image as an amiable companion, hunting partner and, in the words of correspondent Davis, man who overflowed with “kindly feelings for the human race.” Comstock’s kindly feelings, it seems, did not extend to wood contractor H.P. Wyatt, who cheated him on a business deal. Witness David Burton Long, then a hospital steward at Fort Wallace, recalled the incident in 1903: “I was in the store [of post sutler Val L. Todd] at the time and heard loud talking, when Wyatt got up and was leaving the store, and Comstock pulled out his six-shooter and shot Wyatt twice in the back. Wyatt ran out of the store and fell dead. During the trouble, as Comstock was shooting, I stepped up and tried to prevent Comstock from killing Wyatt, and he turned on me and said, ‘You keep your hands off, or I will kill you.’ Wyatt was taken to the hospital dead room.”
Wyatt may have needed killing; there is evidence he was the notorious Missouri bushwhacker Cave Wyatt, who rode with William Quantrill at Lawrence and later with William “Bloody Bill” Anderson. Even so, Comstock was arrested and taken for trial to Hays City, where it seems friends came through for him. As Long recalled, the “rough element” of the community raised $500 for the scout’s defense. Trial judge Marcellus E. Joyce, a justice of the peace from Leavenworth, also appears to have been in Comstock’s corner. “Did he [Comstock] do the shooting with felonious intent?” Joyce asked Todd, according to Long. “I do not know what his intentions were,” replied Todd, “but I did see Comstock shoot Wyatt, and Wyatt ran out of the store and fell dead.” Joyce said, “If the shooting was not done with felonious intent, and there is no proof that it was, the prisoner is discharged for the want of said proof.”
H. P. Wyatt appears to have written several letters about Indian troubles around Fort Wallace in 1866-1867 and numerous of them are found in the Congressional Serial issue 1425
Wyatt made his home at Pond Creek KS and was well known to Ned Wyncoop the Indian agent of the area. Col Homer W Wheeler refers to the spat between Comstock and Wyatt in his memoir Buffalo Days (1929) and at least infers that ME Joyce believed HP Wyatt was a nasty guy who had claimed to be with Quantrill at Lawrence.
To make this a bit more interesting is 2 cards in MO SOS file for Henry P Wyatt, of Warren County both for the same guy but clearly not Cave Wyatt. https://www.sos.mo.gov/Images/Archives/Military/s00902/s00902_1013.pdf
So two Wyatts, both with tales and tails!!! Both are real people too.