A Texas Jack Reader

In researching Texas Jack, I've read some of the most thorough research, the most thoughtful historical perspectives, and the finest-crafted prose on western history ever written. Much of this comes from a personal drive to understand even the tertiary information related to Jack and the people in his life, from the obvious like his wife Giuseppina Morlacchi and his partners Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok and Ned Buntline, to more obscure characters like Donald McKay, Ena Palmer, and Doc Carver. This is an attempt to list as many of the references I've come across in pursuit of Texas Jack:

Buckskin & Satin by Herschel C. Logan - The original Texas Jack biography and (until now) the best source of information on J. B. Omohundro. (available to read for free at: https://archive.org/details/buckskinandstain007287mbp)

The Great Divide: Travels In The Upper Yellowstone In The Summer of 1874 by The Earl of Dunraven - First-hand documentation of the Earl's trip to Yellowstone Park in 1874 with Texas Jack. (https://archive.org/details/greatdividetrave00dunr)


The Life of Hon. William F. Cody Known As Buffalo Bill The Famous Hunter, Scout and Guide - Cody's 1879 autobiography.


Buffalo Bill's America by Louis Warren - Extensively researched biography of William F. Cody and his impact on creating and shaping views on the American West.


Buffalo Bill on Stage by Sandra K. Sagala - THE great resource for Buffalo Bill's stage years, this is well researched and well written. Appendix Two provides an exhaustive list of where Cody and Omohundro played and when, and multiple dogears in my copy of this book attest to how often I referred back to it.

The Notorious Life of Ned Buntline by Julia Bricklin - Like all of Julia's books, this one is enjoyable and thorough and plain fun to read. Just as Louis Warren's Buffalo Bill's America may be considered the modern equivalent of Don Russell's The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill, this modernizes and adds context and detail to Jay Monaghan's The Great Rascal.

They Called Him Wild Bill by Joseph G. Rosa - Rosa dedicated a career to the pursuit of Wild Bill, and this exhaustive tome is the pinnacle of that pursuit. Less hagiographic than most of the western biographies that came before, Rosa nevertheless includes nearly every scrap of information and retold tale of Hickok that he could uncover.


Pioneers of Promotion by Joe Dobrow - Insight behind the marketing genius that was Texas Jack's friend, manager, and costar "Arizona" John M. Burke. Telling Burke's story and explaining the methods and strategies he invented to promote Buffalo Bill's Wild West, Dobrow weaves a tapesty that explains why the decisions Burke made as early as the 1870s ripple into our commercial-filled lives today.


The Modoc War by Robert Aquinas McNally - This conflict between Modoc tribesmen under Captain Jack and Federal troops in California provides the context behind Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack's first tour, and provides background on Donald McKay, the Warm Springs scout who was involved with the conflict and later toured with Texas Jack.


Doc Carver: Spirit Gun of the West by Raymond Thorpe - Thorpe seemingly believed every lie that Doc Carver told him, but knowing that, it is interesting to see what Carver was saying about Buffalo Bill and Texas Jack, who joined Carver for a series of shooting exhibitions in 1878.


Medicine Creek Journals : Ena and the Plainsmen by D. Jean Smith - Provides excerpts from the journals of Ena Raymonde Palmer, who moved to Nebraska and met Texas Jack, Buffalo Bill, and Doc Carver in the early 1870s. Invaluable in understanding the relationship between Palmer and Omohundro.


Memories of Buffalo Bill by Louisa Frederici Cody - Louisa Cody's memories of the ealry tours of Texas Jack and her husband, along with stories about their lives in Nebraska prior to becoming theatre stars, adds much color to our understanding of the relationship between the brother scouts.


The Omohundro Genealogical Record by Malvern Hill Omohundro - invaluable documentary evidence of the Omohundro family, and specifically J. B. Omohundro, provided by his half brother Malvern.


Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory by James Cox - Important context about Texas, the cattle industry, and Jack Omohundro place in it, compiled in 1895.


Life of the Marlows by William Rathmell - the inspiration for the John Wayne movie The Sons of Katie Elder, this includes information about Texas Jack serving as a law enforcement officer, possibly deputized by Hickok in pursuit of horse and cattle thieves.


Notes on Sport and Travel by George Henry Kingsley - a first-hand account of George Kinglsey, who accompanied Texas Jack and the Earl of Dunraven both on a hunting expedition in Nebraska, and a later trip into Yellowstone National Park.