Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 29, 2011

American Heroes~James Butler Hickok (1837 – 1876)~by rldubour


Knowing your American Heroes

James Butler Hickok (1837 – 1876)

Unknown to most he was one of

The earliest champions of equal rights.

At a young age on his father’s farm

Against anti-abolitionists he learned to fight.

 

Born on May twenty-seventh

In Troy Grove, Illinois.

A stop for the Underground Railroad

Was his farm when just a boy.

 

In fifty-five a stagecoach driver

They nicknamed him “Duck Bill.”

To “Wild Bill” it was changed

Because of his gun fighting skills.

 

In fifty-seven was Constable

The first of Monticello Township.

Sixty-one was in Nebraska

Was the law, jury and judgeship.

 

A skilled scout for the Union

When the Civil War began.

In sixty-seven a U.S. Marshal

Increased fame was with this man.

 

On August second in seventy-six

At Nuttal & Mann’s saloon.

A man they called Jack McCall

Would end Hickok’s life too soon.

 

While Bill was playing poker

In his hand were aces and eights.

Became known as the “Dead Man’s Hand”

To die in Deadwood was his fate.

 

Buried in Deadwood’s original graveyard

That was in the eighteen-eighty’s

Interred at the Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Along with Calamity Jane a lady.

 

By his grave a U.S. flag

That fly’s twenty-four hours a day.

One of the few places in America

That the flag is allowed to fly this way.

 

Better known as Wild Bill Hickok

A legend in the American Old West.

A gunfighter, lawman, scout and soldier

His name ranks high among the best.

 


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