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The last camel charge : the untold story of America's desert military experiment

Author: F B Johnson
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Berkley Pub. Group, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S. Army would employ a weapon that had never before been seen on its native soil. From the Middle East came a cavalry mount that would fare better than both mules and horses in the American Southwest. Against the Mojave in the Arizona Territory, against the Mormons in Utah Territory, and during the early stages of the Civil War, the camel would become part of military history,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F B Johnson
ISBN: 9780425245699 0425245691
OCLC Number: 754389850
Description: 365 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Old Douglas --
The Mormons move west --
A new American hero --
The Mojave [Indians] --
The Army explores the West --
California's growing pains --
Trouble in Utah --
The Army crosses the Colorado --
Weapons of the 1850s --
The Bishop and Beale Company --
Camels to America? --
What is a camel? --
Shopping for camels --
The USS Supply sails home --
The camels' new home --
Lieutenant Beale's strange assignment --
Beale selects camels --
The camels head west --
On to El Morro --
Crossing into the wilderness --
First shots of the Utah War --
A constant search for water --
Can camels swim? --
Beale arrives in California --
Steamboats on the Colorado --
Leaving peaceful Iowa --
Peace in Utah Territory --
The Rose [wagon] train heads for disaster --
The Indians attack --
Escape! --
The Army investigates --
Heading for a showdown at the Colorado --
The battle begins --
The charge --
The end of the Mojave --
Camels vs. mules --
Camels return to the Army --
Into the perilous Big Bend (again) --
Into the Valley of Death (or, Where is Nevada?) --
The camel experiment comes to an end.
Responsibility: Forrest Bryant Johnson.

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In the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S. Army would employ a weapon that had never before been seen on its native soil. From the Middle East came a cavalry mount that would fare better than both mules and horses in the American Southwest. Against the Mojave in the Arizona Territory, against the Mormons in Utah Territory, and during the early stages of the Civil War, the camel would become part of military history, and a nearly forgotten chapter of Americana.

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