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Buffalo Bill was a man who as a child had a hard life His real name is William Fredrick Cody Even through all the disasters that happened in his life he pulled through At the age of twelve his dad died With very little education he pursued various jobs including a Wagoner Trapper and a prospector By the age fourteen he joined the pony express In 1863 during the Civil War he served as a scout for the Union Armys Ninth Kansas Calvary Then in 1964-65 served with the Unions Forces in Tennessee and Missouri After the war ended he tried various ventures He tried running a hotel and freighter he worked on railroad construction In 1867-68 he became a buffalo hunter He supplied meat to the Kansas Pacific railroad and the legend of the nickname Buffalo Bill BY his own count he had killed up to 4280 buffalo Then between 1868-72 he became a civilian scout for the fifth Calvary while fighting the Sioux and the Cheyenne In 1872 he appeared in a stage play by EZC Judson who under the pen name Ned Buntline began to feature Buffalo Bill in a series of dim novels Buffalo Bill met Ned in NY and since then worked with him on these novels Right after his meeting with Ned he went back to the plains where he started scouting again for the military While he was there it is said that he captured and scalped the Cheyenne chief Yellow Hand In 1883 he decided to start the Buffalo Bills Wild West Show that toured America and Europe for 30 years With himself as the star there was also various other marksmen and riders including Annie Oakley and mock battles with the Indians Then in the 1890s he had settled on a large tract given him by the state of Wyoming
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