Wildest Lives of the Wild West: America through the Words of Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, and Other Famous Westerners

Wildest Lives of the Wild West: America through the Words of Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, and Other Famous Westerners

by John Richard Stephens


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By and about the greatest celebrities of the Wild West, these are the stories of their adventures told in their own words through excerpts from autobiographies, articles they wrote, newspaper interviews, private journals, personal letters, and court testimony. These glimpses into the worlds of these legendary figures as they describe their own personal experiences, impressions, what life in the Wild West was like, reveal the roles they played in notable events in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493024438
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 805,399
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Richard Stephens began writing books in 1987. Prior to becoming an author, he held a wide variety of occupations ranging from work as a psychiatric counselor in two hospitals to being an intelligence officer and squadron commander in the U.S. Air Force. John has had twenty-one books published so far, including Wildest Lives of the Frontier: America through the Words of Jesse James, George Armstrong Custer, and Other Famous Westerners, Gold: First-Hand Accounts from the Rush that Shaped the West (both by TwoDot), Commanding the Storm (Lyons Press), Weird History 101, and Wyatt Earp Speaks.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Celebrities of the Wild West (introduction) John Richard Stephens xi

The Making of a Legend Wild Bill Hickok 1

Wild Bill Hickok, US Army Scout George Armstrong Custer 34

Wild Bill and Buffalo Bill Buffalo Bill Cody 40

The Lincoln County War Billy the Kid 80

A Terrible Place to Put a Fellow Billy the Kid 91

Billy the Kid Dies, But Not with His Boots On Pat Garrett 100

Life and Adventures of a Wild West Celebrity Calamity Jane 110

Life on Apache and Comanche Reservations Frederic Remington 143

Living as an Apache Geronimo 158

Coming of the White Man Geronimo 169

On the Run for Murder John Wesley Hardin 187

Cowboy Trouble in Dodge Wyatt Earp 208

The Gunfight near the O.K. Corral Wyatt Earp 216

Tombstone and Trouble in Colorado Doc Holliday 233

Frontier Men and Women Teddy Roosevelt 244

Wild Rough Riders of the Plains Teddy Roosevelt 254

Conflicts with the Indians Teddy Roosevelt 283

Highwaymen of the Railroad William A. Pinkerton 292

The Last of the Dalton Gang Emmett Dalton 307

Letters Home Butch Cassidy 325

Living in the Wild West Deadwood Dick 336

Recommended Reading/Bibliography 369

Index 373

About the Author/Editor 386

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