Post by Diane Merkel on Oct 20, 2007 9:05:23 GMT -5
The intro to this book (due out next summer) will be written by Louise Barnett of Touched by Fire fame. So now we will be able to add one more argument to the Kanipe story: coward, messenger, or SOLE SURVIVOR!
History Publishing Company (www.historypublishingco.com) has agreed to publish the new work of John Koster, tentatively titled "Custer Survivor." It has been recorded in official government records that no U.S. Army soldier survived at the battle at the Little Big Horn. Recently uncovered records in the files of a Wisconsin museum reveal that one trooper, a sergeant in "C" Company of the Seventh Cavalry, actually escaped the onslaught of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at the great battle. John Koster, known for his strict adherence to detail, has tracked the man and his activity during the battle and has brought them together in "Custer Survivor."
It has been indicated by The Library of Congress that more books have been published about the battle at the Little Big Horn than any other battle involving American combatants. It is readily acknowledged that the action with the Seventh Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne has captured the American interest more than any other engagement in American history. John Koster in "Custer Survivor "will have important new data for the Custer reader and the historian.
Jeez, Is Koster still trying to pass Finkel off as a survivor of the battle? His article in Wild West was full of holes and 'facts' he made up. Some of the sloppiest research I've ever read. He was even able to tell us when Finkel's widow was wrong, lying or making stuff up. He gave no data or info on how he arrived at this conclusion. He seemed to just know. The thing about the Finkel tale is that the reader can pick or choose from several versions he gave. Don't like the facts? Pick another version. Old Finkel just won't die will he? It is amazing how many seemingly normal rational people believe this fairy tale. There is absolutely no documentation, evidence ora anything that connects Finkel to the battle. He wasn't even in the military at all. I got a call from a Ohio librarian who says he's working on a Finkel book as well, but he also believes the tale is complete bs. The problem here is, according to the old axiom, if you tell a falsehood enough times it will eventually be accepted as fact. Scary ain't it?