When Buffalo Bill Helped Staunton Prepare for War
Sunday Nov. 4, 3 p.m., Augusta County Government Center in Verona
Fall Meeting and talk by historian John Flood
Free and open to the public.
On October 5, 1916, Buffalo Bill Cody in conjunction with the Miller Brothers 101 Wild West came to Staunton. Cody was always one to incorporate current events of importance into his shows. With Europe already embroiled in World War I and the U.S. not yet but likely soon to be involved, the legendary scout and showman proclaimed the theme for his 1916 tour to be – Military Preparedness. Just three months after bringing this exhibition to Staunton, William F. Cody died in Denver, Colorado. Cody’s foresight did not miss the mark. On April 6, 1917, just 12 weeks after Buffalo Bill’s passing, President Woodrow Wilson, of Staunton, Virginia, along with the United States Congress declared war on Germany and thrust our nation into that world conflict. Now let us jump into this scene from a century ago – the intriguing connection of Buffalo Bill Cody, Staunton, Virginia, and Woodrow Wilson… a story from Wild West to World War.
Flood is a Winchester historian who is writing a book on Buffalo Bill and his Wild West shows.