In 1846 I was born in Virginia. During the Civil War, I served in the Confederate army under Col. J.E.B. Stuart. After the war, I moved to Texas. Soon I began driving cattle from Texas to Missouri and Nebraska. In the late 1860s, during a drought in Tennessee, I drove a herd of cattle there to help alleviate the hunger. It was in Tennessee I was given my nickname, which stayed with me for the rest of my life.
During one of my trips to Nebraska, I met Col. William F. Cody, a scout in the Army at Fort McPherson. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, and I quickly became friends. Cody persuaded me to become an Army scout, which took an act of Congress since the government had a policy of not hiring ex-Confederate soldiers. In 1872, Buffalo Bill and I decided to bring a stage show about the Wild West to eastern audiences. "The Scouts of the Prairie" played in cities ranging from Boston to Richmond and Norfolk.
I met my future wife, Josephine Morlacchi, while traveling with the stage show to Chicago. She was a dancer and an actress who was born in Milan, Italy. Our marriage lasted seven years and ended with my death from pneumonia in Colorado at age 33. My wife then went into seclusion and no longer performed on stage.
Buffalo Bill Cody said this about me after my death, "My friends, perhaps many of you do not know this man whom we have gathered to honor...one of my dearest and most intimate friends. He was a Virginian by birth and the blood of the Powhatan Indians flowed in his veins. He was of proud and noble birth."
Buffalo Bill, dissatisfied with the modest grave marker at my gravesite, arranged to have erected a "suitable monument" in the cemetery.
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