Since the original publication in 1938, the Bushwacker Book has been republished several times with new information added to the story. There is a mystery as to how many copies of the book were originally made in 1938. People around Phelps County who own an original copy treat them like gold. When the book was originally pubished, Wilson family members and many of the cousins received copies of the book. I own an original copy and keep it in a very secure place. Since Susannah Wilson, Bill Wilson's sister, is my GG grandmother, my family received a copy. Unfortunately, the book was not printed on the best materials and the books are fragile. The books were published in Rolla in a local publishing company. I also own a copy of each edition published since the original. Needless to say, if an original pops up on Ebay or somewhere else, it is worth picking up.