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Again, it is important to remember that this tale was written inbarely a year after the Deadwood gold rush began. Edward Wheeler no doubt read other sensationalistic write-ups of the Old West and the colorful characters who populated the region, but he did not let any factual data get in the way of his story. Deadwood Dick is the story of a handful of settlers, gold-seekers, and general ne'er-do-wells who all come together in a small area of the Black Hills to determine their respective fates.
Nat Love, the son of enslaved parents Sampson Love and a mother whose name is unknown, was born in Juneon Robert Love's plantation in Davidson County, Tennessee. After Emancipation, Nat Love's parents remained on the plantation as sharecroppers. In FebruaryLove left Tennessee and headed west.
Deadwood Dick was an orphan who was adopted, mistreated and then ran away from home to become a notorious outlaw. He is handsome, valiant, charming and sarcastic and sees himself as a defender of the weak. He describes himself as, "A cuss from Custer -- a bulldog from Bozeman -- a diabolical devil from Deadwood. His form was clothed in a tight-fitting habit of buckskin, which was colored a jetty black, and presented a striking contrast to anything one sees as a garment in the wild far West.
Listen Later API. By Loyal Books. The fictional character of the hero, Deadwood Dick, appeared in more than a hundred stories and became so famous the name was claimed by several men who actually lived in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Nat pronounced Nate Love was born a slave on a plantation near Nashville, Tenn. He had no formal education, but with help from his father, learned to read and write. When the slaves were freed following the Civil War, Love worked on the small farm his father rented from his former owner.
The name became so widely known in its time that it was used to advantage by several men who actually resided in Deadwood, South Dakota. Others more briefly associated with the name were Richard Palmer, who died in Cripple CreekColoradoinand Robert Dickey, who died in a Denver hospital jail in The syndicated anthology television series Death Valley Days presented a episode entitled "The Resurrection of Deadwood Dick," hosted by Robert Taylor with the popular character actor Denver Pyle in the starring role.
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