Ben Thompson (November 2, 1843 March 11, 1884) was a gunman, gambler, and sometimes lawman of the Old WestHe was a contemporary of "Buffalo" Bill Cody, Bat Masterson, John Wesley Hardin, and "Wild Bill" Hickock, some of whom considered him a friend, others an enemyThompson fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and later for Emperor