On this day (+2), a little over 100 years ago, one of the greatest schemes in American history began to come apart – just as it was on the verge of changing the future of the nation. The scheme was to lay a land grant claim on what was virtually two states – Arizona and New Mexico. But it had all started earlier and simpler.
During the Civil War, a certain James Addison Reavis was kind of the “Radar O’Reilly” of the Confederate Army. He managed to get officer’s signatures on passes and requisitions without troubling the respective officers. His….er….penmanship was so good that after the war a pal took him to St. Louis where he showed some….er….interpretive creativity in the office of public deeds.
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