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

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University of Oklahoma Press, Jul 17, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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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 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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If you're looking for one book on Wild Bill's life, this is not it. Instead, read Rosa's They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok. This book has nothing on Hickok's ... Read full review

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Chapter 1 The Making of a Gunfighter
Chapter 2 Wild Bills Guns
Chapter 3 The Pistoleer
The McCanles Fight
Chapter 5 The HickokTutt Duel
The Mulvey and Strawhun Shootouts
Chapter 8 Hickok and Hardin
The Phil Coe Shootout
Chapter 10 Aces and Eights
Chapter 11 Laid to Rest
Chapter 13 Wild Bills Rifle and Others
Chapter 14 Weapons of the Gunfights

The Fight with 7th Cavalry Soldiers

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Joseph G. Rosa, (1932–2015), 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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