LARGER THAN LIFE
Exploits of the Miner and Adventurer
David E. Buel
Edward S. Slagle
Copyright 2013 Edward S. Slagle
Smashwords Edition, License Notes:
This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
Of all of the notable figures who gained fame in the Old West there were few who deserved recognition by later generations so much, yet have received so little of it, as David E. Buel. Wyatt Earp achieved lasting fame mainly because of a shootout that lasted perhaps twenty seconds. Wild Bill Hickock’s fame originated in large part because of the popularity of a highly-fictionalized biography. Buel, on the other hand, piled up an enormous record of impressive events and adventures for a quarter of a century.
David E. Buel was an extraordinary man in many ways, not the least of them in his physical appearance. During the days when the average Civil War soldier stood 5’7” in height, Buel towered over most of his contemporaries at 6’4” (one of the two measurements in his military records shows a height in excess of 6’4” and the other gives his height as being 6’5.”) He also had the unusual combination of blue eyes with dark brown hair. Apparently similar unusual traits ran in the family: the military records for two of his brothers gives one brother’s height at 6’3” and the other’s at 6’5, and at least one had blue eyes.”