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Bob Wright

Old Betsy......................

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As we, my wife and I, were leaving church last night, a lady friend of ours said she had something to show me.  She had one of those cell phones that makes pictures, and she showed me a photo of her son (from a previous marriage) holding a flintlock rifle.  The man in the picture was wearing the uniform of a Tennessee State Parks employee, and was holding the rifle while he wore those white cotton gloves.

 

The rifle, she told me, was Davy Crockett's "Old Betsy."  Her son is curator/coordinator for East Tennessee State Museums.  Apparently the rifle was scheduled for some special event display and he got to handle it long enough to have his photo made with the rifle.

Apparently at my church I'm known as a gun buff.

 

Bob Wright

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One might think that Mr. Crockett's rifle accompanied him to Texas & the Alamo.. The rifle depicted may be of the appropriate vintage -how do we know ?

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