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To Utah with the Dragoons and glimpses of life in Arizona and California, 1858-1859

Author: Utah; Harold D Langley
Publisher: Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, ©1974.
Series: University of Utah publications in the American West, v. 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1858 a young recruit in the Second Dragoons marched across the plains with the U.s. Army's Sixth Column to help end an alleged rebellion by the Mormons of Utah against the authority of the federal government. A former newspaperman, this young recruit wrote articles that were published in the Philadelphia Daily Evening Bulletin under the pen name "Utah." The articles reflect his awareness of the temper of the  Read more...
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Utah, active 1858-1859.
To Utah with the Dragoons and glimpses of life in Arizona and California, 1858-1859.
Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, ©1974
(OCoLC)643681399
Named Person: Utah
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Utah; Harold D Langley
ISBN: 0874800870 9780874800876
OCLC Number: 1322041
Notes: "Letters originally appeared in the Philadelphia Daily evening bulletin during 1858-59."
Description: xvi, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Fort Leavenworth, K.T. [ Kansas Territory ], May 28, 1858 --
On the march for Utah, June 25, 1858 --
In camp on the Big Blue, N.T., July 2, 1858 --
Fort Kearney, July 21st, 1858 --
Ash Hollow, Nebraska Territory, Aug. 5 --
Fort Laramie, August 13, 1858 --
On the march, Aug. 21, 1858 --
Camp on Sweetwater Creek, August 27th, 1858 --
Camp of the sixth column, September 5th, 1858 --
Fort Bridger, Utah Territory, September 11, 1858 --
Camp on Silver Creek, U.T., September 20th, 1858 --
Camp Floyd, U.T., September 25th, 1858 --
Camp Floyd, U.T., October 13, 1858 --
Camp Floyd, U.T., October 27th, 1858 --
Camp Floyd, U.T., November 10th, 1858 --
Camp Floyd, U.T., Nov. 20, 1858 --
Camp Floyd, U.T., Dec. 1, 1858 --
From Utah Salt Lake City, Jan. 25, 1859 --
Los Angelos, Cal., March 15, 1859 --
Los Angelos, Cal., March 28th, 1859 --
Stodart's diggings, Gila Mines, April 6, 1859 --
Gila mines, California, April 10th, 1859 --
Gila gold mines, Cal., May 7, 1859 --
Los Angeles, California, May 23th, 1859 --
In search of a soldier. Illustrations: Brigham Young's proclamation --
Ft. Leavenworth --
Daily Evening Bulletin --
Ft. Kearney --
Ash hollow --
Ft. Laramie --
Chimney Rock --
Independence Rock --
Ft. Bridger --
Sketch of Camp Floyd --
Waterfall, Provo Canyon --
Mouth of Provo Canyon --
Utah valley --
Soldiers at drill --
Wood gathering expedition --
Camp Floyd --
Theatre at Camp Floyd --
Wasatch Mountains --
Los Angeles --
Gila River --
Muster and pay roll, company A. Maps: "Utah's" journey from Independence, Missouri, to Camp Floyd, Utah Territory, 1858 --
"Utah's" approximate route from Camp Floyd to the Gila River, New Mexico Territory, via Los Angeles, in 1859.
Series Title: University of Utah publications in the American West, v. 11.
Responsibility: edited by Harold D. Langley.

Abstract:

In 1858 a young recruit in the Second Dragoons marched across the plains with the U.s. Army's Sixth Column to help end an alleged rebellion by the Mormons of Utah against the authority of the federal government. A former newspaperman, this young recruit wrote articles that were published in the Philadelphia Daily Evening Bulletin under the pen name "Utah." The articles reflect his awareness of the temper of the times and his interest in national politics and political aspects of the U.S. Army. Besides writing about the Mormon War, he told Bulletin readers at home about the spectacular scenery of the West, the Indians of the territories, and the daily life of a dragoon. By the time the Sixth Column reached Utah, the "rebellion" among the Mormons had been resolved, but he continued to write while stationed at Camp Floyd, describing life in camp and expressing his changing feelings about the Mormons as he came to know them. Wounded in an encounter with Indians after three months at Camp Floyd, "Utah" was discharged from the army and made his way south through the arid regions of Arizona to the little town of Los Angeles in Southern California. His comments on political matters in California, Arizona, and Mexico, events in the Southwest, and his gold mining experiences on the Gila River offer readers an exceptionally articulate and perceptive view of events in the mid-nineteenth-century West. "Utah" remains anonymous in all his articles, and the editor can only suggest a speculative conclusion as to who he might have been. But as the reader comes to know "Utah," a surprisingly vivid portrait of an intelligent, learned, and patriotic man emerges, and his insights into army life, war, the government, and incidents in the early West give us a genuinely new perspective on history andsingularlar impression of a truly exceptional man.

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