This is an autographed photo of William J. Cody, aka “Buffalo Bill”—Pony Express rider, scout, buffalo hunter, cavalry fighter, dime novel hero, and theatrical performer. It was presented to Dover City Marshall Tom Wilkinson in 1908 when Cody visited Dover (for the fifth time!) with his Wild West show. It reads, “To…a good comrade under fire. He made good July 17, 1876.” Wilkinson had fought under Cody out west. Cody commended his former corporal for his bravery, noting that Wilkinson had been the first man in the regiment to kill an Indian that day, which then enabled Cody to kill Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hand at Warbonnet Creek, Nebraska.
The photo is temporarily on display in the Woodman Fosters room