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Historic 1890 W.F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody ALS from Pine Ridge Reservation - Shortly Before Wounded Knee

Lot Number 1277

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At the height of his international fame, Buffalo Bill was enlisted by General Nelson Miles to help mediate peace with Lakota chief Sitting Bull—whom Cody considered a friend after having toured together with the Wild West Show. Sadly, as fears grew about the power of the Lakota's "Ghost Dance" movement, Cody was recalled from the scouting mission just weeks before Sitting Bull was killed and before the tragic massacre at Wounded Knee. Cody later toured with surviving Ghost Dancers and, in the 1910s, made a film with General Miles about Wounded Knee. Here, from Pine Ridge Reservation on October 22, 1890, Buffalo Bill writes to a confidant, "We are taking many battles & surrenders...under the strict supervision of General Miles." The highly significant one-page letter also references "historically correct" pictures and an upcoming trip to Europe. It is signed with great affection, "Col. W.F. Cody / Cody Wyo. / Love to you and family— / Yours / Col." Cody's script rates "7-8" overall, and condition is about VG with mailing folds and minor peripheral wear. This is one of the most important Buffalo Bill letters we've ever seen—and certainly the finest we've ever had the pleasure to offer. Full LOA from JSA. More on our website.

To view a picture of Cody and Miles in January 1891, after Wounded Knee, click here

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