Wild Bill Hickok, Gunfighter: An Account of Hickok's Gunfights

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“James Butler Hickok, generally called ‘Wild Bill,’ epitomized the archetypal gunfighter, that half-man, half-myth that became the heir to the mystique of the duelist when that method of resolving differences waned. . . . Easy access to a gun and whiskey coupled with gambling was the cause of most gunfights--few of which bore any resemblance to the gentlemanly duel of earlier times. . . . Hickok’s gunfights were unusual in that most of them were ‘fair’ fights, not just killings resulting from rage, jealousy over a woman, or drunkenness. And, the

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Overview

“James Butler Hickok, generally called ‘Wild Bill,’ epitomized the archetypal gunfighter, that half-man, half-myth that became the heir to the mystique of the duelist when that method of resolving differences waned. . . . Easy access to a gun and whiskey coupled with gambling was the cause of most gunfights--few of which bore any resemblance to the gentlemanly duel of earlier times. . . . Hickok’s gunfights were unusual in that most of them were ‘fair’ fights, not just killings resulting from rage, jealousy over a woman, or drunkenness. And, the majority of his encounters were in his role as lawman or as an individual upholding the law.”--from Wild Bill Hickok, Gunfighter

Wild Bill Hickok (1837–1876) was a Civil War spy and scout, Indian fighter, gambler, and peace officer. He was also one of the greatest gunfighters in the West. His peers referred to his reflexes as “phenomenal” and to his skill with a pistol as “miraculous.” In Wild Bill Hickok, Gunfighter, Joseph G. Rosa, the world’s foremost authority on Hickok, provides an informative examination of Hickok’s many gunfights.

Rosa describes the types of guns used by Hickok and illustrates his use of the plains’ style of “quick draw,” as well as examining other elements of the Hickok legend. He even reconsiders the infamous “dead man’s hand” allegedly held by Hickok when he was shot to death at age thirty-nine while playing poker. Numerous photographs and drawings accompany Rosa’s down-to-earth text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806135359
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 640,791
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Dedication 2
The Author 4
Preface 7
Acknowledgments 9
1 The Making of a Gunfighter 11
2 Wild Bill's Guns 28
3 The Pistoleer 48
4 Rock Creek: The McCanles Fight 60
5 The Hickok-Tutt Duel 80
6 Hays City: The Mulvey and Strawhun Shootouts 96
7 Hays City: The Fight with 7th Cavalry Soldiers 114
8 Hickok and Hardin 124
9 Abilene: The Phil Coe Shootout 136
10 Aces and Eights 152
11 Laid to Rest 176
12 Mount Moriah: The Final Resting Place 182
13 Wild Bill's Rifle and Others 188
14 Weapons of the Gunfights 198
Bibliography 210
Index 214
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