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Wild Bill Hickok, gunfighter : an account of Hickok's gunfights

Author: Joseph G Rosa
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Wild Bill Hickok; Wild Bill Hickok
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph G Rosa
ISBN: 0806135352 9780806135359
OCLC Number: 51086957
Notes: Originally published: College Station, TX : Early West Creative Pub., 2001.
Description: 216 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Contents: The making of a gunfighter --
Wild Bill's guns --
The pistoleer --
Rock Creek : the McCanles fight --
The Hickok-Tutt duel --
Hays City : the Mulvey and Strawhun shootouts --
Hays City : the fight with 7th Cavalry soldiers --
Hickok and Hardin --
Abilene : the Phil Coe shootout --
Aces and eights --
Laid to rest --
Mount Moriah : the final resting place --
Wild Bill's rifle and others --
Weapons of the gunfights.
Responsibility: by Joseph G. Rosa.

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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.--Amazon.com.

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