Friday, June 09, 2006
Peg leg Smith
I didn't have time to do anything new for this topic but it was a fun topic and I wanted to get something in. I had this old artistic experiment hanging around and thought I post it. Hope that's okay.
Here's a little info about the subject:
Thomas L. Smith, better known as 'Peg Leg,' 1801-1866, was a mountain man, prospector, and spinner of tall tales. Legends regarding his lost gold mine have grown through the years, and countless people have searched the desert for its fabulous wealth.
During a pitched battle in 1827 with Indians, he took a bullet to his leg, shattering the bone. His companions, who thought it would be fatal, carried him away from the battle. Not having any surgery tools on hand, and in an effort to save his own life, Peg Leg Smith took a knife and began sawing away at his lower leg. Between periods of nausea, fainting and swearing at his friends, he managed to cut off his own leg. Smith survived and later carved himself a wooden leg and learned to walk with it, thus came about the name of "Peg Leg" Smith.