Incidents of Travel and Adventure in the Far West; With Col. Fremonts Last Expedition

Incidents of Travel and Adventure in the Far West; With Col. Fremonts Last Expedition

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ... kill him. His indomitable courage alone saved him. He finally persuaded them to give up the papers and effects of the slain, which he delivered to the proper authorities. The Mormon guide was also slain. The remains of the bodies of those who were murdered, were afterwards interred by the Mormons. When the alarm was given to the main body of Capt, Gunnison's party by one of the men who escaped from the Indians, Capt. Morris and a detachment of his CAPT. MOBRISj U. S. A. 199 dragoons, instantly galloped to tlie scene of action, thirty miles off; they were totally unprepared for anything but offensive warfare. They arrived on the spot, and found the mutilated remains of their comrades, but no signs of Indians. The weather was very cold, and the ground frozen hard; they had nothing with them but their swords, to dig into the frozen earth, and were thus compelled to leave them, until they could send from camp, men with pickaxes, etc.; besides, they were among treacherous and hidden enemies. The living men at the main camp, claimed the first duty of Capt. Morris, and as he could do no good to the dead by remaining, he retraced his steps to the main camp, to protect it from a like aggression, if attempted. He did not know but that the whole of the Indians were in warlike array around him, secretly hid away among the willows on the creek. Some blame seems to have attached to Capt. Morris; I read an article at Salt Lake City, in a late American paper, in which his conduct was censured. I showed him this paper, and he personally explained the situation he was placed in, and told me that his duty as an officer, was to protect the lives of his surviving party at the expense of the fraternal feelings and sympathies which he entertained for the lamented...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236636767
  • 9781236636768