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Re: 1st Sgt. James H. Green, 24th Regt., Co, G. Bu

Mr. Smith
Your understanding of my implication is correct--I do find some elements in your posted account of the service of Sgt Green "suspect".
I have been at this for a long time: much of what you wrote passed the straight face test with flying colors and you clearly have done considerable research and are able to cite primary documents (such as enlitment papers and service records). But at times your message moved from the documented into the repition of themes most often found in secondary sources--some of which are now outdated.
Keep piling on the primary source evidence as the best way to steer clear of "suspect" information.

Let me close with a quick example from my own research. A while back I dealt with a gentleman who said his grandfather had served in the l0th Cav in Cuba during the Spanish American War. He was sure that grand dad had headed up that grassy slope with regimental comrades side by side with T.R. and his cowboy soldiers. Great story, great family legend, great personal belief. Unfortunately the facts got in the way. Check of service record showed this fellow did indeed serve in the l0th in l898; record further showed that he made it all the way to Tampa, Fla. But that is as far as he got. Surviving medical records show he came down with a severe case of the green apple two step, was confined to a bed at a military hospital stateside, and never went up against the Dons in Cuba.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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