Sunday, January 6, 2008

Davy Crockett's $550,000 Last Letter (Or Not)

Today's spotlight on History:

Gregory Curtis writes a fascinating account of the meandering path of Davy Crockett's purported last letter in "The Texas Monthly." The state of Texas takes its history seriously enough to have offered $550,000 for the 1836 document, pending authentication. Curtis provides substantial detail, telling why this version of the often-quoted Crockett letter is neither a forgery nor the real thing -- it's most likely a genuine copy of the original, transcribed by a family member of Crockett's for sentimentality's sake. This is great historical sleuthing, colorful, and with a tinge of scandal.
in Texas Monthly by Gregory Curtis, January 2008
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