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Re: Faulty sources
In Response To: Re: Faulty sources ()

"My Dear...

You took this from the link I submitted on the Buffalo Soldiers, and not from the link regarding Henry O. Flipper. If the portion you cited is a PRIMARY error, point the forum to the errors, and then tell us what it should be, and your sources. Regarding this article, I suggest you contact the Fort Huachucha's History Office and inform them that they have published half truths and misinformation in their post publication The Fort Huachucha Illustrated.

1. Did you read the articles you posted? I did a direct cut and paste-as you could see, and also as Tony pointed out to you. As for Huachuca. I have those same articles, and the magazines they were printed in. I am in contact with the MUSEUM staff (curator's et al-and authors of the pieces you refer to.) Instead of seeing everything in such a negative manner, perhaps you might consider actually doing some of this research yourself. If you did, then these errors would be obvious, and not ME being argumentative.

My goal is accurate history-that means PRIMARY sources, not reprints of secondary ones.

"I see you as a good candidate to build a site as I suggested privously to enumerate the errors/half truths/misinformation and embellishments found in African American Military history followed with corrections. The Mayflower Genealogical Society has a site of this type, and you could use it as a guide."

2. What gives you the knowledge and authority to make this suggestion? You demanded CV's and publications-yet we see nothing of YOUR CV? Is there such a thing? You told Tony, that your name was irrelevant. You feel free to contact and malign us, but I don't see any sign that you have ever done any serious research. Even seven year olds can cruise the web and link to sites.

3. You have requested that we not answer your posts, calling us argumentative. It seems to me that all any of us have tried to do is clarify mistakes to prevent others from making the same ones. You can't get much more primary than our references to Acts of Congress and Military General Orders. Those dates are clear, undeniable fact.
If you look closely, you will note that we offer honest help wherever we can, you certainly seem far more argumentative than any of us.

"Tell them that YOU have the DEFINITIVE history of the Buffalo Soldiers, and set'em straight. "

4. Have you in your infinite wisdom ever thought, that rather than make such a ridiculous statement, that we are SERIOUS enough to be sure of our facts before publication, and that perhaps we feel there is a tremendous amount of work to be done prior to any such "definitive" history being possible. That maybe we KNOW that??
Between Anthony, Bennie, Tony and I-there are probably more than a hundred and fifty years of research and study. Our knowledge bases encompass depth and breadth that you can't imagine. Some, like Anthony have such vast knowledge of the Buffalo Soldiers that I am left in awe. I know of noone with more general knowledge of Black Military service throughout history than Bennie. Tony knows enough that he"teaches the teachers"-his expertise is sought out across the country. Moreover, he has experience that has taught him what your site links can't.. Me? If you want "proof"-dig through the boxes of placques and awards and pick out the ones that meet your desire for "proof"-

There is one thing that you cannot see-and that is HONOR. All of us carry it easily. It is as comfortable as our favorite boots, as beloved as our spouses, and as uncompromiseable as the bite of a gila monster. If you want to make us disappear, you have to do more than try and cut off our heads.


5. The use of one name means nothing according to you. Perhaps you have a reason to hide behind a pseudonym? I personally don't know any valid researcher who feels that need. You notice that none of us is afraid to use a complete name. What are you so afraid of-that we will recognize your lack of knowledge-don't worry, that is self-evident. You feel free to offer careers for us-perhaps you have a future on a FOX network show-like faking it, although it seems unlikely that you will fool too many.

Finally-only my friends have the right to address me in such a familiar manner. When attached to your postings, "My Dear" becomes patronizing, demeaning and downright nasty. So whether you are a prepubescent teen whose gameboy has broken, and you've found this place to "play"-or someone older who should know better-the chute gate just opened, and you landed face down in bovine excrement.

Like the sayin goes-don't call him a cowboy till you see him ride....

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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