They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok

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University of Oklahoma Press, Mar 1, 1979 - History - 399 pages
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His contemporaries called him Wild Bill, and newspapermen and others made him a legend in his own time. Among western characters only General George Armstrong Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody are as readily recognized by the general public. In writing this biography, Joseph G. Rosa has expressed the hope that "Hickok emerges as a man and not a legend."

For this comprehensive revision of his earlier biography of Wild Bill the author was allowed to work from newly available materials in the possession of the Hickok family. He also discovered new material pertaining to Wild Billís Civil War exploits and his service as a marshal and found the pardon file of his murderer, John McCall. Additional, rare photographs of Wild Bill are published here for the first time. The results of Rosaís additional research make this second edition the best biography of Wild Bill likely to be written for years to come.

  

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There are many figures from the American West whose lives are encrusted with legend and myth, but, with Wild Bill Hickok, the process started even before he was dead. It was a short life, done at 39 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Boy and the M an
10
Incident at Rock Creek
34
Civil War Adventures
53
Springfield and a Date with Destiny
72
Deputy United States Marshal
86
Scouting for the Cavalry
103
A Visit Home and Back to the Plains
129
The Murder of Chief Whistler
207
The Women
222
A Stage Career with Buffalo Bill
242
A Man about Cheyenne
262
A Man Died in Deadwood
279
A Fitting Death for an Assassin
312
A Prince among Pistoleers
338
A Chronology of Wild Bill
350

Peace Officer in Hays
135
A Wild West Show
161
Marshal of Abilene
172
Bibliography
354
Index
365
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Joseph G. Rosa , who makes his home in Ruislip, Middlesex, England, is the author of the definitive biography of Wild Bill Hickok, They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok , as well as The Gunfighter: Man or Myth? And (with Waldo E. Koop) Rowdy Joe Lowe: Gambler with a Gun , all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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