CAPTAIN JACK "THE POET SCOUT" CRAWFORD - BOOK SIGNED CIRCA 1886 - HFSID 262891
Sale Price $450.00
CAPTAIN JACK "THE POET SCOUT" CRAWFORD
In black ink he signs his book The Poet Scout
Book signed: "J.W. Crawford/'Capt. Jack'" on the front flyleaf, 181p, 6x7¾, hardcover. His book of poetry, The Poet Scout, Funk and Wagnalls, New York: 1886. John W. Crawford (1847-1917), known as "Captain Jack, The Poet Scout", began writing verse and reciting his rhymes in the late 1870s and became a popular lecturer. His first volume of verse, The Poet Scout, had first been published in 1879. "Captain Jack" had a colorful career in the Old West, beginning when he is said to have been one of the first seven men to enter the Black Hills region after the ill-fated Custer expedition. There, he served as Chief of Scouts for the Black Hills Rangers. During the Sioux Wars of 1876, "Captain Jack" was a scout in New Mexico and also a special agent of the Indian Bureau near San Marcial on the Rio Grande River. Crawford, who also wrote three plays and over 100 short stories, had not learned to read and write until during the Civil War, when he wounded at Spotsylvania and sent to a hospital. Loose at binding. Signature page lightly soiled at blank areas. Lightly foxed and soiled at margins of pages. Spine and cover worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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