This is the exciting true story of an early American adventurer - part African American, part Cherokee and part White - who was a trapper, warrior, scout and interpreter. He lived an exciting life on and around the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Frontier Man Story: This book tells the true story of a wild adventurer named Edward Rose, who lived in the American frontier during the early 1800s. Rose was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. After a rough fight in a bar, he fled down river to New Orleans where he lived the life of a pirate. After a few years he left the South for the Great Plains and region near the Rocky Mountains. At times he lived with the Crow and Arikara tribes. The Crow began calling him Five Scalps after a fierce battle in which he took five enemy scalps all by himself.

At times Ed Rose worked for trading and expedition companies, usually as a guide and interpreter. Most French, British and Americans who knew him called him "Rose." Ed trapped and hunted alongside several famous mountain men, including Jim Bridger, Bill Williams, James Beckwourth and Hugh Glass.Five Scalps

During his stay with the Crow, he helped tutor Pine Leaf, who later became Woman War Chief. According to a lieutenant who worked beside him on the Missouri River Expedition, Rose had several deep scars on his face, including the loss of part of his nose. The same lieutenant described Rose as strong, athletic and fearless, a man who demonstrated untiring perseverance. After Five Scalps was killed by a band of natives, Woman War Chief was among the people who found his body.

Website: For more information about Five Scalps, please visit the website:  This site contains additional information about Ed Rose, area maps, and excerpts from the book.

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Painting on top, Scouting for Prime Pelts, by David Wright (photo of painting now in public domain)

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