Post by sordidbusiness on Jun 12, 2021 23:16:28 GMT -5
While attending Kansas U, I had access to newspaper archives and microfiche that I didn't realize was even possible. I had become an LBH addict the year before going to school and Graham's five letters of impostors and Nunnally's booklet grabbed my interest. I started combing the Google Newspaper Archive (no longer being developed, but still accessible) and other resources to identify more claimants. Some of those stories struck me as nothing more than Stolen Valor, with one person being invited to the White House and one granted his own parade. Unbelievable stories. Two guys who knew each other *both* claimed to be the only survivor. Ludicrous.
I've been able to identify over 150 distinct claims. It's my addiction. I've given some lengthy analyses to many of them and finally figured out the identity of the guy who claimed he was "Curly the Scout." It's been interesting and has been a great hobby for someone in my condition.
Because of the size of the list, I"m hesitant to slap it into a single post here. Please let me know if you'd like a list of names for the survivors I've collected. I put a few Youtube videos up focusing on Calamity Jane and a few others. It's been amazing to see how many folks enjoyed some of the stories. I'm stuck in the middle of a new video now and need to add more graphics to compliment the audio.
Anyway, I'm not trying to be self-promoting and am very willing to share my research collection with those who might wish to develop the content into a larger body of work or series of posts here. It's overwhelming. I did try to make a book years ago. MacFarland Publishing even offered to print it. I talked to folks who were so knowledgeable on the battle, that it made me feel like an ignorant wannabe. None of those folks treated me poorly, but it was painfully obvious that my knowledge base made absolutely unqualified to thoroughly analyze the individual survivors in the context of the battle. I'm particularly singling out DJ Dickey and Douglas Ellison here. They have a knack of digesting so much detail with the capacity to weave together any number of facets of the battle. Truly impressive.
I'll stop dumping on myself now.
Let me know if you're an author or researcher with an interest in collecting tons of material. I think about 90% of it is digital. I also have some of the books written by a few of those "survivors."