The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1960 - Biography & Autobiography - 514 pages
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Few western American have been more often written about than William F. Cody, the "Buffalo Bill" of history, the dime novel, and popular lore.

There are several important aspects of this biography. The whole career of the plainsman is presented - it is the only biography, in fact, that contains any major assault on the army records dealing with Cody’s scouting career - and it relates with skill and insight the truths behind the legends exploited in contemporary dime novels, the stage, and the Wild West show.

 

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Contents

The Codys Were Not Good at Spelling
3
William F Cody Frontispiece
6
The Codys in Bleeding Kansas
10
William F Cody at four years of age facing page
26
Boy on the Plains
27
Boy of the Pony Express
44
In Ned Buntlines drama
54
Private Cody in the Civil War
55
The Buffalo Bill Combination
252
Indian prisoners from Fort Sheridan
264
2o Buffalo Bill Author
265
Buffalo Bills in town
284
Buffalo Bills Wild West
285
Indians in the Buffalo Bill show
310
Little Sure Shot
311
Before the Crowned Heads of Europe
324

Buffalo BillYellow Hand Duel
72
Mr Cody Attempts Domesticity
73
William F Cody Becomes Buffalo Bill
84
Sheridan Finds Codys Services Extremely Valuable
103
Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull
118
The Secretary of War Hears of Cody
119
The Triumph of the West
128
1o The Battle of Summit Springs
129
Vincent Orapeza
148
Buffalo Bill Gains National Fame
149
Hunting Parties of the Plains
162
The Hunt of the Grand Duke Alexis
174
The Grand Duke Alexis
184
The Medal of Honor
185
The Scouts of the Prairie
192
The Scouts of the Plains
204
Buffalo Bill and General Miles
210
The Death of Yellow Hand
214
Chief of Scouts B H Y
236
Buffalo Bill and the Buffalo
342
Pawnee Bill and Buffalo Bill
350
The Last War Trail
354
Congress of Rough Riders of the World
370
The DimeNovel Hero
386
Buffalo Bill the Border King 1896
396
Buffalo Bill in Pluck and Luck 19o1
400
The Hero Less Heroic
416
Cover of The Buffalo Bill Stories 19o7
438
A Series of Farewell Exhibitions
439
3o Added to and Given with a Circus
452
Wild West poster
462
The Last Stands
463
Let My Show Go On
473
Bibliography
482
Civil War Campaigns of Cody 186465 page 63
484
The Dime Novels A List
494
Index
504
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About the author (1960)

Don Russell has also edited Captain Charles King's Campaigning with Crook (Norman, 1964). The author of The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill (Norman, 1960), he was also editor of The Westerners Brand Book and an associate editor of the New Standard Encyclopedia.

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