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Re: Nolan's Lost Expedition of 1877*

Here are three "early" references to articles in professional historical journals re Capt Nolan and his command's wanderings on the Staked Plains in l877 without benefit of canteens.

Col. M.L. Crimmins, "Captain Nolan's Lost Troop in the Staked Plains,"
West Texas Historical Association Year Book, Vol 9 (l933) pp 82-96

W. Curtis Nunn, "Eighty-Six Hours Without Water on the Texas Plains," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol XLIII, No. l3, Jan. l940, pp 356-364

H. Bailey Carroll, "Nolan's "Lost N****" Expedition of l877," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. XLVI, No. l, July, l940, pp. 55-75

Shifting gears a bit: a few years back I watched some folks play a mind game which was based on connecting everything that has happened recently in Hollywood and the movie business to the actor Kevin Bacon. Well--there are connections in life--and in history.

You may alread know that Capt Nicholan Nolan was Flipper's company commander (A of the l0th Cav--Flipper did not join this unit until late in l877 well after Nolan and his command came back to Fort Concho to get a drink)). But also-one of the privates that followed Nolan out on the Staked Plains was Walter D. Cox, who, at the time of Flipper's arrest in August, l88l at Fort Davis, Texas, was earning extra money as the Lt's groom (Cox continued this work after he was discharged shortly before the start of Flipper's court-martial in Nov, l88l). Cox made a brief appearance at the trial as a defense witness.

See---find and identify enough "connections" and you get "history."
And yes, I will be most intrested if there is a link between Flipper and Kevin Bacon.

* edited by forum monitor to modify the N word in accord with Forum protocol

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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