Ned Buntline

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Ned Buntline (March 20, c. 1813 – July 16, 1886), was a pseudonym of Edward Zane Carroll Judson (E. Z. C. Judson), an American publisher, journalist, writer and publicist best known for his dime novels and the Colt Buntline Special he is alleged to have commissioned from Colt's Manufacturing Company.

Naval and military experience

Edward Judson was born in Stamford, Delaware County, New York. As a boy, Ned ran away to sea as a cabin-boy, and the next year shipped on board of a man-of-war. When he was thirteen years old, he rescued the crew of a boat that had been run down by a Fulton ferry boat, and received a commission as midshipman in the U.S. Navy from President Van Buren. On being assigned to the “Levant,” he challenged 13 midshipmen to duels who refused to mess with him because he had been a common sailor, and fought the seven who accepted, wounding four, while escaping without a wound himself.

"Buntline" is a nautical term for a rope at the bottom of a square sail. As a seaman, he fought in the Seminole Wars, though he saw little combat. After four years at sea, he resigned. During the Civil War, he served as an enlisted man in the 1st New York Mounted Rifles, although he later claimed to have been chief of scouts among the Indians, with the rank of colonel, and to have received twenty wounds.

Early literary efforts

His first literary efforts began with a story of adventure in the Knickerbocker in 1838. Buntline spent several years in the east...
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