June 27, 2013
On this date, June 27, 1874, a battle began that eventually culminated in a 23-year-old army scout—Billy Dixon—felling a Native American with a Sharps .50-90-2 1/2-inch rifle at 1,578 yards. That’s about 9/10 of a mile. Dixon made his famous shot at the second battle of Adobe Walls, along the Canadian River in Texas.
Dixon was one of the 28 men and one woman holed up at the small settlement.