Charles Wilkins Webber


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(1819–56), Kentucky-born adventurer, served as a Texas Ranger, was briefly a prominent New York journalist, tried frontier exploration, and died in battle serving in Walker's filibustering campaign in Nicaragua. His lurid Wild West tales include Old Hicks, the Guide (1848), The Gold Mines of the Gila (1849), and Tales of the Southern Border (1852). His close friendship with Audubon may have inspired his books of natural history, The Hunter-Naturalist (1851) and Wild Scenes and Song Birds (1854).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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