Episode 55: Annie Oakley, “The Peerless Lady Wing-Shot”

Poster promoting Annie Oakley in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

Poster promoting Annie Oakley in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

130 years ago, Annie Oakley was hired to join Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.

Here are a few things you may not have known about Annie Oakley.

One: Her real name was probably Phoebe Ann Moses. Or Mosey, Or Mauzy. She and her siblings never agreed on what their last name was.

There is also some controversy over where the name Oakley came from. The most likely theory is that she took it from the Oakley neighborhood in Cincinnati.

Two: In 1901, Oakley was injured in a train accident which resulted in temporary paralysis and five spinal surgeries.

Three: Oakley died of pernicious anemia, a lack of vitamin B12 in the blood, in 1926.

Our question: In 1898 Annie Oakley volunteered the services of 50 female sharpshooters to take part in what war?

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