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Volunteer Forty-niners : Tennesseans and the California gold rush

Author: Walter T Durham
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Other than the Civil War, no single event of the nineteenth century affected so many Americans as did the California Gold Rush of 1849. Responding with the same enthusiasm shown by the Mexican War volunteers, Tennessee gold seekers rushed to be among the first from the South to reach the California mines.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter T Durham
ISBN: 0826512984 9780826512987
OCLC Number: 37141105
Description: xvi, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: California gold! --
By land and sea in '49 --
Going for the gold --
Trailing southern routes --
Via Fort Smith and Santa Fe --
The California Trail in '49 --
Slow passage --
The thing must have its run --
The birth of a state --
Political gold --
Not for the faint of heart --
Beyond the mines --
Statesmen and filibusters --
Gold and the gospel --
Home again.
Responsibility: Walter T. Durham.
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Other than the Civil War, no single event of the nineteenth century affected so many Americans as did the California Gold Rush of 1849. Responding with the same enthusiasm shown by the Mexican War volunteers, Tennessee gold seekers rushed to be among the first from the South to reach the California mines.

In Volunteer Forty-Niners, Walter T. Durham provides the first comprehensive examination of the role Tennessee and Tennesseans played in creating a new state and a new society on the West Coast. Drawing from such archival sources as personal narratives in letters and diaries, public records, and newspaper reports, Durham has woven a wealth of information into his recounting of their adventures. He follows many of the emigrants into the mines and details the activities of others in commerce and government. In the process, he shows that Tennesseans made an enormous contribution to the beginnings of government in California.

Among the many offices they held were governor, assemblyman, sheriff, state senator, secretary of state, state treasurer, controller, U.S. senator, U.S. marshal, U.S. surveyor general, and Indian commissioner.

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Durham's stirring tale is its own reward. Probably the most valuable dimension of it is not about gold at all, but about the Tennesseans who went and stayed to make their mark in California. --John Read more...

 
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