Today in History: Wild Bill Hickok

Life and marvelous adventures of Wild Bill, the scout

Today in History–May 27–the Library of Congress features James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, born on this date in 1837 in Illinois. Hickok was involved in the Kansas free state movement and was a scout and spy for the Union during the Civil War. Later he held a number of positions in law enforcement. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to this legendary marksman.

“Wild Bill” Hickok images

Life and Marvelous Adventures of Wild Bill, the Scout 1880

Heroes of the Plains 1883

American Life Histories mentioning “Wild Bill” Hickok

“Wild Bill” Hickok historical newspaper coverage