The Prairie Traveler: The 1859 Handbook for Westbound Pioneers

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Along with a good rifle and a sturdy horse, this guide was an essential companion for any westward-bound pioneer of the nineteenth century. Its author, Captain Randolph B. Marcy of the U.S. Army, spent most of his military career in the West. At the invitation of the War Department, he shared the benefits of his frontier experience in this remarkable book. To today's reader, Marcy's manual offers a fascinating view of the rigors and hazards of crossing the country. In 1859, it provided life-or-death advice on everything ...

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elcutachero

Oct 17, 2008

Classic Travel Guide

This work has long been in demand by the historian and collector of overland travel to California and the Oregon country. It was indispensible for the emigrant trains departing from Independence, MO, and other jumpoffs.
At the time this was originally written, the Mexican-American War had just been over and the emigrants simply wanted to pass through peacefully and safely.
The only real Indian trouble was rustling, stampeding, and petty thievery, and solitary travel was quite dangerous.
Compare with the situation twenty years later when the Lakota Souix had become horse warriors and the threat of Indian war was quite certain. See Mountain Scouting for a later situation with open confrontation and contention for the northern plains and the Rockies.

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