Pathways to History

Deadwood Dick

"Deadwood Dick" was the nickname of an African American cowboy, Nat Love, who was born a slave in 1854 in Davidson County, Tennessee. After the Civil War he migrated to Dodge City, Kansas, and hired on with a cattle outfit from the Texas Panhandle. During the next two decades he was a cowboy, Indian fighter, and rodeo rider. He claimed to carry fourteen bullet wounds on his body.

Nat Love (Deadwood Dick) at a Roping Contest at Deadwood, South Dakota

Illustration from the 1907 edition of the book --


Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country

as "Deadwood Dick," by Himself; a True History of Slavery Days,

Life on the Great Cattle Ranges and on the Plains of the "Wild and Woolly" West,

Based on Facts, and Personal Experiences of the Author.

Go to the University of North Carolina online edition of the book