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LARGER THAN LIFE

The Exploits of the Miner and Adventurer
David E. Buel

by
Edward S. Slagle



Copyright 2013 Edward S. Slagle



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Chapter 1

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.”

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