21. First, Robertson (p. 225) reports that Dr. Martin traveled from Fort Kiowa to Fort Pierre—not Fort Union—in 1832—not 1833. There is no evidence that Dr. Martin visited Fort Union, nor does Robertson describe him as an "Army surgeon" or anything of the sort. This is one more example of Churchill's carelessness with the facts reported by his sources. Second, Robertson does report on that page that an Army major and a detail of troops "escorted a physician and some cowpox vaccine as far as Fort Union" in 1832. Whether this second, unnamed physician was in the Army or not is not specified. So here we see Churchill falsifying Robertson in several different ways. This is new falsification on Churchill's part, on top of his published falsifications.

 [ return to text ]