History Features

The Moonshiner Who Got Away with Murder

Veterans-of-William-Holland-Thomas_69th-North-Carolina-Regiment"My daddy, he made whiskey
And my granddaddy did too
And we ain’t paid no whiskey tax 
Since Seventeen Ninety-Two."

—Albert Frank Beddoe

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The Severed Heads Campaign

Mickey freeMickey Free rode into Camp Apache on April 27, 1874, with the bloody severed head of the renegade warrior Pedro hanging from his saddle.

The delivery of the head by the enigmatic scout to Capt. George Randall marked the beginning of the end of one of the most remarkable, and brutal, military campaigns in American history.

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The Ball that Killed Wild Bill

Andy-Thomas_Wild-Bill_s-Last-DealWild Bill Hickok was buried in Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1876, why was the bullet that killed him buried in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1910?

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Buffalo Bill’s Deadly Acts

Bullalo-Bill-CodyWilliam F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody may have appeared on the world stage as a confident showman, star of the Wild West show he formed in 1883. But he first learned how to dramatize events as an actor...often an inept one. Even worse: a dangerous one.

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Arrest Those Spies!

Lewis-and-Clark_SpiesWith all the pomp the Spanish officer could muster so far from present-day Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lt. Facundo Melgares rode into the sprawling Pawnee village along the Republican River in Nebraska in 1806 with 300 uniformed men.

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