Buffalo Bill’s Childhood Stories
In 1853 when William Cody “Buffalo Bill” was seven years old, his brother Samuel was killed in a horse riding accident. The family then relocated to Kansas.
In 1857, when William Cody was 11 years old he went with his father to give an antislavery speech, at a local trading post. Many of the supporters of slavery formed a mob and one of them stabbed and killed William’s father.
After Williams father died his family suffered financial problems. At the age of 11, William got a job with a freight carrier as a “boy extra” riding up and down big freight wagons across the plains to Nebraska, Colorado, delivering messages.
In 1858 William Cody returned from one of his expeditions to find that his half- sister, Martha had died at the age of 23
In 1860 at the age of 14, William met an agent for the Pony Express. They needed an expert rider willing to risk death daily. This job was fit for William Cody . He became one of the most fearless and daring among its riders.
In 1863 his mother Mary Ann Cody, dies. After his mothers death William scouted for the Calvary against the Kiowa and the Comanche Indians as a civilian scout.
In 1864 at the age of 18 he actually joined the army and became a scout for the 7th Calvary. He served in that capacity for 19 months.
In 1865 at the age of 19 he got out of the army, however he continued to offer his services as a scout