Texas Jack Omohundro (CSA) (courier and scout)

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Texas Jack John Baker "Texas Jack" Omohundro

Birthplace: Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States
Death: June 28, 1880 (33)
Leadville, Lake County, Colorado, United States (pneumonia.)
Place of Burial: Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Burwell Omohundro and Catherine Salome Omohundro
Husband of Giuseppina Morlacchi
Father of Texas Jack, Jr.; John Baker JB Omohundro; George F Omohundro; Mary D Omohundro and Texas Jack Omohundro Jr.
Brother of Orville Calhoun Omohundro; George B Omohundro; Adelaide V Omohundro; Arabella A Omohundro; George B Omohundro and 8 others
Half brother of Malvern Hill Omohundro

Occupation: Actor
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About Texas Jack Omohundro (CSA) (courier and scout)


John Baker Omohundro (July 26, 1846 – June 28, 1880), also known as "Texas Jack," was a frontier scout, actor, and cowboy.

He was born at Pleasure Hill, near Palmyra, Virginia, to John B. and Catherine Omohundro. In his early teens, he left home, made his way alone to Texas, and became a cowboy. Unable to join the Confederate Army in 1861 because of his youth, he entered Confederate service as a courier and scout. In 1864, he enlisted in Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's command as a courier and scout.

After the American Civil War, Omohundro resumed his life as a Texas cowboy. He participated in early cattle drives, notably on the Chisholm Trail. On one drive across Arkansas to meat-short Tennessee, grateful citizens nicknamed him "Texas Jack."

Shortly after the Civil War Omohundro adopted a five year old boy whose parents had been killed by Native Americans. He cared for him and called him Texas Jack Jr., since his real last name was unknown.

In 1869, he moved to Cottonwood Springs, Nebraska, near Fort McPherson and became a scout and buffalo hunter. There he met William F. Buffalo Bill Cody. Together, they participated in Indian skirmishes and buffalo hunts, acted as guides for notables such as the Earl of Dunraven, and led the highly publicized royal hunt of 1872 with Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia and a group of prominent American military figures.

Omohundro and Cody traveled to Chicago in December 1872 to debut in The Scouts of the Prairie, one of the original Wild West shows produced by Ned Buntline. Critics described Omohundro as physically impressive and magnetic in personality. He was the first performer to introduce roping acts to the American stage. During the 1873-74 season, Omohundro and Cody invited their friend James Butler Wild Bill Hickok to join them in a new play called Scouts of the Plains.

During the 1870s, Texas Jack divided his time between the Eastern stage circuit and the hunting ranges of the Great Plains. He guided hunting parties that included European nobility. On August 31, 1873, Omohundro married Giuseppina Morlacchi, a dancer and actress from Milan, Italy, who starred with him in the Scouts of the Prairie and other shows.

He headed his own acting troupe in St. Louis in 1877. He also wrote articles about his hunting and scouting experiences, published in eastern newspapers and popular magazines. The Texas Jack legend grew in many dime novels, particularly those written by Col. Prentiss Ingraham. In 1900, Joel Chandler Harris featured Texas Jack in a series of fictional accounts of the Confederacy for the Saturday Evening Post. Texas Jack died in 1880, of pneumonia, in Leadville, Colorado, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery there. Texas Jack Jr. carried on in the wild west show business around the world, especially in South Africa.

In 1954 Herschel Logan, a gun collector who acquired a pistol belonging to Texas Jack, published the biography Buckskin and Satin. In 1980, the Texas Jack Association was formed to preserve and promote Texas Jack's memory.

In 1994, Texas Jack Omohundro was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in the Hall of Great Western Performers.

Note: Many sources give Omohundro's middle name as Burwell, but the Omohundro family bible records his middle name as Baker.

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Texas Jack Omohundro (CSA) (courier and scout)'s Timeline

July 26, 1846
Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States
Texas, United States
Massachusetts, United States
May 1876
Virginia, United States
January 1878
Virginia, United States
June 28, 1880
Age 33
Leadville, Lake County, Colorado, United States
Evergreen Park, Cook County, Illinois, United States