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Lot 299: Captain M. V. [Martin Van Buren] Bates, a giant known as the “Kentucky Giant.”
October 29, 2016
Yonkers, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Captain M. V. [Martin Van Buren] Bates, a giant known as the “Kentucky Giant.” “His first occupation was as a schoolteacher, but upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army as a private in the 5th Kentucky Infantry in September 1861, rising to the rank of captain within short order. His ferocity in battle, aided by his imposing figure, made him legendary, with Union soldiers telling tales of a "Confederate giant who's as big as five men and fights like fifty". He was severely wounded in a battle around the Cumberland Gap area and also captured, although he later escaped.” Wickipedia.CDV by Germon, Philadelphia.
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