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Wild West - June 2009 - Letters from Readers

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'Nebo's story would make a great movie, as would Eugene Blair, the Wells Fargo stagecoach shotgun guard. But what we really need is an accurate film on the life of William F. Cody'

Buffalo Bill Lover
Your February 2009 issue of Wild West is the best yet. Not only for the excellent cover story on Buffalo Bill ["Living the Legend: Super Scout Buffalo Bill"], by Paul Hutton, who happens to be a friend of mine, or the other articles on Cody, or the fact that I portray Buffalo Bill as historic interpreter at the Buckhorn Museum in San Antonio. Every article was a must read, from Buffalo Jones ["Pioneers & Settlers," by J.R. Sanders], to the "Monsters of the Plains" [by Nancy M. Peterson] themselves to Charley Nebo ["The Forrest Gump of the Old West," by Jane Matson Lee and Mark Dworkin], who reminds me of a real-life "Little Big Man." Nebo's story would make a great movie, as would Eugene Blair ["Service With a Shotgun," by Chris Penn], the Wells Fargo stagecoach shotgun guard. But what we really need is an accurate film on the life of William F. Cody. Paul Hutton should write a screenplay. Keep up the good work, and you'll have a subscriber for life.

Texas Bob Reinhart
Canyon Lake, Texas

Three More Rivers
In the February 2009 "Roundup" section, author Nancy Peterson's rivers are nice, but I think her Top Ten left off three historic rivers that should be there.

The first is the Red River, on the border of Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) and Texas. What could have been a more important river in the early 1800s? The second is the Pecos, in the heart of Billy the Kid country. The third is the American River during the California Gold Rush. Only three changes in the entire list; the rest of her selections are great. The only thing is I don't know which three of her picks to drop.

Richard Olson
Walnut Creek, Calif.

Ultimate Earp Movie
I agree with Michael F. Blake ["Michael Blake Takes Aim at Hollywood's O.K. Corral," "Interview," October 2008] that a complete Earp gang movie has yet to be made. It would need to correct the chronology of the attacks on Virgil and Morgan Earp and deal with the bad blood between Sheriff John Behan as far as politics and Josie go; Wyatt and Ike Clanton conspiring against robbers Harry Head and Jimmy Crane; and all the deadly contention that one Tombstone diarist called a falling out among thieves. There may be too many charges and countercharges to choose from. I rather doubt if the aftermath Earp vendetta gave anyone a chance, nor did they inform the newspapers. And wouldn't it have been something if C.S. Fly could have snapped some photos? Probably too dangerous.

The map on P. 39 shows Fort Sill too far east and omits Fort Reno and the Darlington Indian Agency, established in 1870 by the Friends. Hundreds of Northern Cheyennes led by Dull Knife escaped Fort Reno in September 1878. The 4th U.S. Cavalry chased them and first encountered them at Turkey Springs, or Red Hills (near present-day Freedom, Okla.), and casualties are in the Fort Reno post cemetery. That strife was the basis for the 1964 movie Cheyenne Autumn (book by Mari Sandoz), filmed in Monument Valley with "Hollywood accuracy." I enjoy your mag.

Bob Warren
Director
Historic Fort Reno
El Reno, Okla.

Has No Horse
The photo you ran on P. 52 of "Crook at the Infernal Caverns," by Gregory Michno, in the October 2008 issue is of the Sioux Indian named Has No Horse, not the Northern Paiute Has No Horse. The portrait was taken by the American photographer Gertrude Käsebier in New York City. Has No Horse was one of a group of Sioux Indians from Pine Ridge who were part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West, circa 1898. The 2007 book Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier shows these photos. The author, Michelle Delaney, is an associate curator of the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Claes H. Jacobson
Stockholm, Sweden

More Custer
I am an avid reader of your Wild West magazine; I enjoy it a lot. In the near future, could you run some stories on General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Custer's Last Stand). I will be subscribing to Wild West very soon.

Keep up the good work.

James K. Kenny
Monterey, Calif.

The editor responds. Custer rears his striking head quite often on these pages. In the June 2009 issue we run stories about one of Custer's scouts, Eastern reaction to the Last Stand, and the romantic triangle involving George and Libbie and a Cheyenne woman captured at the Battle of the Washita, as well as an interview with the author of a well-received Custer book. In case you missed it, the cover story of the June 2008 issue was Gregory Michno's "Ten Myths of the Little Bighorn."

Not Elm Creek, Not Rio Bravo
Two corrections from the April 2009 issue: The photo on P. 48 does not show the site of the Elm Creek Raid; rather, it shows Turtle Hole, Texas, where Indians killed "searcher" Britt Johnson. On P. 4, the editor got his "Rios" mixed up. The third film in John Ford's cavalry trilogy was Rio Grande (not Rio Bravo). At least 10 sharp readers pointed out the correct title. We apologize for the mistakes.

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