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    Frederick S. Barde, compiler. Life and Adventures of "Billy" Dixon of Adobe Walls, Texas Panhandle. Guthrie: [Privately printed], 1914.

    First edition. Octavo. 320 pages. Preface by Olive Dixon, Billy Dixon's wife.

    Original green cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine and front board. Boards shelf worn at the extremities, especially the corners and spine ends. Contents quite nice. A very good copy of this rare work.

    William "Billy" Dixon was an Army scout and buffalo hunter. It was in the latter capacity that he distinguished himself in what is known as the Second Battle of Adobe Walls. Dixon and his fellow hunters took refuge in the isolated settlement of Adobe Walls and endured attacks by Comanche Indians let by famed chief Quanah Parker. On the second day of the battle Dixon used his rifle to shoot and kill a warrior at a range of estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,538 yards. Whether prompted by Billy's "shot of the century" or through frustration, the Comanches quit the field of battle. Billy was involved with yet another Indian fight what became known as the Buffalo Wallow fight. For his actions in this last fight he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, an award bestowed upon very few civilians.

    References: Howes B134.


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