Post by keogh on Oct 1, 2015 22:27:19 GMT -5
Oh, I believe they all have a name, but I don't intend to list them all here for your benefit. I would venture to say that in my own experience, nearly every serious student of the battle recognizes the strong likelihood that Graham heavily influenced Martin's time recollections at the very least. The very obvious contradictions between Martin's earlier accounts vs. his last interview with Graham shortly before his death are apparent to most, if not yourself. In fact, the only serious students of the battle I am aware of who does not share that view would be yourself and Col. Graham.
Is there any credible evidence (not opinion) that Colonel Graham edited Martini's statement? It would be helpful to have more than unsubstanied innuendo on these matters.
The rather obvious contradictions from Martin's earlier accounts that now meld so very nicely into Graham's own particular timeline. I believe blaque elucidated on these contradictions very well in a previous post. You may disregard it as less than credible evidence, but I am confident that the great majority of those with a more objective mind would not.
Here's an excerpt from an earlier post on this subject from blaque:
I guess that the noon crossing of the divide in Graham’s 1922 interview of Martin was not forwarded by the latter, but by Graham himself. Very likely he had no trouble in convincing the old trumpeter that noon was the correct time. He did the same with Godfrey, convincing him to change Benteen’s arrival time to 4:20 p.m.
From his testimony, it’s quite clear that Martin believed that their sighting of the village from the bluffs was about noon. He was more specific in 1904, when he said to the Trenton Evening Times that they saw several hundred tepees across the river at 11.30. Three years later, he put the time more loosely “at about 11 a.m.” This seems to imply that Martin was with Edgerly and other participants in estimating the crossing of the divide at about 10 a.m., at least until he met the most convincing Colonel Graham.
From noted and respected LBH battle scholar Gordon Harper from his book, The Fights on the Little Horn Companion: the full appendices and bibliography:
"The following account ostensibly based upon an interview with Colonel W. A Graham in 1922, purports to tell the story of Trumpeter John Martin of H Company .... There are several errors of fact contained within this account and several more areas in which it differs with earlier accounts of Martin, including his sworn testimony at the Reno Court of Inquiry. From this distance, it appears that there might well be as much Graham as there is Martin in the article and it is interesting to note that it was published after Martin’s death – nothing sinister, perhaps, but nonetheless intriguing.... Graham was always more than willing to be swayed in favor of his own theories of what happened and of his preformed opinions as to the players in the drama. Martin’s story figured largely in Graham’s reconstruction of events.... Graham says, in the Cavalry Journal July-August 1942, of his interviews with Martin: “It was far from easy to get Martin’s story of his ride to Benteen. He was very old [Martin was 69 or 71, depending upon which of two birthdates one assumes is correct] and very feeble when I found him… His memory was as feeble as his body, and it was only after I had made three separate visits, each time reading to him (for he was almost blind) his testimony at the Reno Inquiry, that recollection of that fateful June day of 1876 came back. But when it did come back, it came with a wealth of incident and detail that was surprising. And so I wrote his story, just as he told it to me, and he signed it [here is Graham, the lawyer, relying on the record of the Reno Court as he always did - and having a man who was “almost blind” and “very feeble” sign what Graham wrote, for no other reason than to afford the piece a sense of legality and hence legitimacy]."