signed J.W. Crawford, "Capt. Jack", July 4th, 1913., underneath his portrait on the cover of a souvenir program from A Prayer and a Benediction at the Grand Reunion of the Blue and the Gray on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and Other Poems from his new book by Comrade Capt. Jack Crawford, the Poet Scout, and Original Boy Scout, 16pp, 12mo.
John Wallace Crawford (1847-1917) was born in Ireland, emigrating to the U.S. in childhood. Known as the "poet scout," his military career began during the Civil War when he ran away from home to enlist. Most units would not take him because of his youth, but he finally joined the 48th PA. He was seriously wounded, but it may have been the best thing to happen to him since a Sister of Charity taught him to read while he was recuperating. Later he became an Army scout, serving under Crook after the Little Bighorn. Crawford tried his hand at mining after his scouting days were over, but was a bit of an oddball in the mining camps -- a tea-totaling poet. Jack never drank, and left Cody's Wild West show after an accidental shooting (of himself) in which he believed Cody's drinking was to blame.
Condition: Light toning.
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