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The Big and the Small of It This is an old, undated photograph of Martin Van Buren Bates and two unidentified dwarfs. Mr. Bates, who stood 7'5" tall, was born in Kentucky to normal sized parents. During the United States Civil War, he served as a soldier in the Confederate Army. Union soldiers spoke of a giant of a Confederate soldier who was as "large as five soldiers and fought like fifty."