Martin Van Buren Bates, known as the "Kentucky Giant" among other nicknames, was a Civil War-era American famed for his incredibly large size. Though born an infant of normal size into a family of normal-sized people in Letcher County, Kentucky, he is said to at one time have been 7 feet 11 inches in height. His ferocity in battle, aided by his imposing figure, made him legendary, with Union soldiers telling tales of a "Confederate giant who's as big as five men and fights like fifty".
WAR ORPHAN FINDS HIS HEAVENLY FATHER - Alfonso Myar lost both his parents to rebel soldiers in Liberia’s civil war. Orphaned and alone, he lost all faith in God. His life was spiraling out of control with substance abuse and fornication. Then one afternoon, as he was painting a... #africashallbesaved #gospelcrusade #christforallnations
'The Saragossa Manuscript' Poland 1965 During Napoleon’s invasion of Spain, two soldiers discover a strange manuscript at an Inn. The book chronicles the adventures of Alfonso van Worden… Admired by Luis Buñuel and David Lynch, Wojciech J. Has’ The Saragossa Manuscript is a major cult film of the 1960’s. A mind-bending exploration of the Spanish inquisition, the film is a labyrinth of smokescreens– stories inside of stories that form an entirely unique reflection on Spanish history.
Gettysburg, PA: "Life-size sculpture honoring Elizabeth Thorn, who was six months pregnant when she dug graves and buried 102 bodies after the battle. Most of her belongings were also destroyed during the battle, since her home, like all available structures, was used to house wounded soldiers. "Her baby girl was born in the fall, small and weak. Elizabeth said she never regained her full health after the battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath."