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Historian Looks for the Real Story

19 Novembre 2014 , Rédigé par Jean-David Desforges Publié dans #Pressions sur le patrimoine

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Pour valider les sites de combats entre les troupes de Kit Carson et les Amérindiens, l'auteur a arpenté de nombreux terrains avec un détecteur de métaux. Question : ces objets, qui appartiennent indéniablement au patrimoine, sont-ils dévolus à sa collection privée ou à être accessible au public et aux chercheurs ?

After attending the book signing of Alvin Lynn's book about the first battle of Adobe Walls, listening to his speech about his experiences, and after reading the book which offered pictures from the locations and of artifacts he found, I was duly impressed.


Alvin Lynn always had an interest in history, especially Texas history. He had read stories of the two battles of Adobe Walls which took place in the Texas Panhandle near present day Stinnett in 1864, and 1874.


He found considerable more information available about the second battle in which Quanah Parker led a large group of Indians against a few buffalo hunters, in which the hunters took the day, than he was able to find about the first Battle of Adobe Walls.


The first battle involved Col. Kit Carson the famous mountain man and explorer who led a troop of about 300 soldiers and about a hundred Indian Scouts against a large band of Indians, (variously estimated at from 1,000 to 5,000 individuals), Kiowa, Comanche and Plains Apache Indians accused of wagon train attacks along the Santa Fe Trail.


Who won the war is still in question. Carson and his troops left the field of battle in retreat because of the growing number of Indians, but by the use of two Mountain Howitzers, (small cannons) they were able to stave off the Indian attack and incur many casualties while losing only two soldier's lives. Carson's troops burned a large Kiowa winter village on their retreat.


Lynn wanted to know the truth about this first battle so he embarked on a mission which lasted almost 20 years as he sought find out all he could of the accurate history of the battle.


This involved him walking the 200+ mile wagon trail from Fort Bascom New Mexico to Adobe Walls armed with a notebook and a metal detector by which he found almost 2,000 artifacts helping him get an accurate picture of the journey and the battle itself. Hence the title of the book he wrote is, "Kit Carson and the First Battle of Adobe Walls: A Tale of Two Journeys." If you enjoy history, you will find this book to be accurate, informative and well written.

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