Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Some "Ouch" For Western Wednesday...!

The ouch isn't from me, but rather from the subject of today's story. At least, I'll bet he said ouch!

In my opinion, this ol' boy had the worse luck you could imagine, but still lived to tell the tale! Pretty amazing stuff!

Robert McGee


It was 1864, and young Robert McGee was having a terrible year. His family had packed their bags and started moseying west, only things didn’t work out as they’d hoped. McGee’s parents met their end during the journey, leaving the 13-year-old an orphan.

Still, this was the West, where boys were men, and men kept moving. Despite his loss, McGee joined up with a wagon train heading through western Kansas. That’s when he ran straight into a group of Brule Sioux. While we don’t want to spread the stereotype that all Native Americans took scalps, this bunch certainly did. Led by Chief Little Turtle, the gang wiped out every settler but two—an unknown boy and Robert McGee. And for some sick reason, the chief wanted to personally torture Robert.

After shooting the kid in the back with his rifle, Little Turtle put two arrows in McGee for good measure. Then the chief pulled out his knife and went to work on the back of McGee’s head, hacking off 400 square centimeters (64 sq in) of skin. As the chief walked off with his trophy, his cronies stabbed McGee with a collection of pointy knives and spears. McGee was conscious the entire time.

Miraculously, the young teen survived. A group of cavalrymen found McGee and the other child on the prairie and rushed them to a nearby fort. Though the nameless kid soon died, McGee lived until at least 1890, when he posed for a cameraman and told his awful tale to a reporter. Considering he had the top of his head shaved off, he didn’t look half bad.

Considering all the bad times he went through, the man doesn't look all that bad! I'd say he was a tough old bird!

Coffee out on the patio this morning!


Sunnybrook Farm said...

Could make a movie "The McGee Family Vacation"!

Chickenmom said...

I surprised he lived that long. Oh, the nightmares he must have had!
I'll bring some Dunkin's to share.

linda m said...

Poor fellow! Tho if he had a hat on I bet he was quite handsome. Why do people have to be so cruel?

Dizzy-Dick said...

He had more hair on his chin than what was left on his head.

Mamahen said...

Wow....what an amazing man/boy...You have to wonder what else he did in his life...his he got by day by day...I'm on my way save a dunkins for me :))

JO said...

Nice Sunnybrook haha.

But what tough stuff this guy was made of to survive such horrible wounds.

Pass the pot please sure is beautiful morning.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sunnybrook...
It would probably be banned for excessive violence.

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Phyllis...
I would imagine the nightmares were plentiful.

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda M...
There seems to be no limit to how cruel folks can be.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Dizzy...
I know a few guys like that now days!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hey Mamahen...
It would be interesting to know what he did for a living, that's for sure.

Many thanks for dropping by today!

Hey Jo...
He was tough, no doubt. It was called gumption back then!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over this morning!