Phoebe Ann Mosey was born to a poor family in rural Darke County, OH in 1860. Once she became Annie Oakley, though, she become one of the great heroines of the Old West. The facts show her knack for sharpshooting. Among other awesome Annie Oakley feats, she could shoot lit cigarettes out of people's mouths, and hit items located behind her, using just a mirror to help her aim. She and her husband, Frank Butler, traveled with other American frontier heroes as part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.
Oakley's career was sidelined in 1925 as the result of a car accident. The collision left her with a fractured ankle and hip. She passed away in 1926, some say as a result of her injuries, although her official cause of death was pernicious anemia. Her husband died a mere 18 days after she passed away. Apparently, he couldn't go on with his wife of 50 years.
No matter how humble her end, stories about Oakley throughout her life cement her place in history among the strong and awe-inspiring women of the Wild West.
She First Picked Up A Gun At Age 8
She Starred In Buffalo Bill's Wild West ShowPhoto: Public Domain / via Wikimedia Commons
She Out-Shot A Traveling Marksman
She Could Shoot A Playing Card In Half Through Its Thin Edge
She Became Friends With Sitting Bull
She Once Shot A Cigarette Out Of Kaiser Wilhelm II's Mouth