By Harvey Lewis, Carter

The determine of apparatus Carson strides in the course of the literature of the yank West in heroic measurement. dealer, trapper, scout, brigadier common of latest Mexico Volunteers, and plenty of different issues along with, he has appealed to the general public mind's eye as no different frontiersman has. Many biographies and who types of his “autobiography” were released. but a lot of the legend nonetheless is still separated from the evidence, broadcasts the writer of this new biography.“I am an admirer of Carson,” says Mr. Carter, “and haven't any want intentionally to debunk him, yet i'm attracted to correcting the statements of uncritical hero worship many by way of many writers.”Kit is permitted to talk for himself, so far as attainable, via a precise transcription of his dictated memories made up of the manuscript within the Newberry Library, Chicago. folks and areas are sincerely pointed out, and Kit’s slips of reminiscence are corrected within the definitive annotation of his account. 100 years of hypothesis in regards to the id of the guy who transcribed Carson’s tale is ended. Mr. Carter has proven optimistic id, in accordance with rigorously assembled evidence. a brand new evaluation of Kit’s personality and acceptance is incorporated, in addition to an annotated account of the final years of his lifestyles.

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I would say that if the seated figure is Lamon, the other figure is not Carson, and that if the standing figure is Carson, the other figure is not Lamon. Since most of the copies extant were found in New Mexico, I am now inclined to believe that this picture may be Carson and Edwin O. Perrin, as Kenny and Loraine Englert believed it was in 1968. My original edition of 'Dear Old Kit' had to contend with the mythmakers who were not content with a hero as ordinary as the actual historical person but who wished to worship him as a superman who never failed and who could do no wrong.

In this book, therefore, I have been at pains to write the truth insofar as it can be ascertained, and to expose such untruth as has been given currency over the years. There are a number of things which I have been able to establish that are presented here for the first time in any book on Carson. The pseudo-Carson material of Oliver P. Wiggins has been repudiated as completely false and without foundation. The confused chronology of Carson's memoirs for the years 183540 has been systematically corrected insofar as the present state of our knowledge will allow.

It was Peters' statement that Carson had been a hunter for Bent's Fort for eight years that gave Wiggins an opportunity. He asserted that Carson only killed buffalo twice a year for the fortan absurdity to anyone familiar with hunting and the preservation of meatand that during the rest of the time he was the leader of his own 23 Oliver Perry Wiggins was probably born on Grand Island in the Niagara River on July 23, 1823, and died in Denver, November 30, 1913. I say probably because he himself at various times gave various birth dates to various people.

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