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William H. Emory : soldier-scientist

Author: L David Norris; James C Milligan; Odie B Faulk
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Soldier and explorer William H. Emory traveled the length and breadth of the United States and participated in some of the most significant events of the nineteenth century. This first complete biography of Emory offers new insight on an often overlooked military figure and provides an important view of an expanding America. Born in Maryland in 1811, Emory was a West Point graduate who resigned his commission to
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Norris, L. David, 1945-
William H. Emory.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c1998
(OCoLC)607098639
Named Person: William H Emory; William H Emory
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: L David Norris; James C Milligan; Odie B Faulk
ISBN: 0816519110 9780816519118 0816519129 9780816519125
OCLC Number: 39085356
Description: 353 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: L. David Norris, James C. Milligan, and Odie B. Faulk.

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Soldier and explorer William H. Emory traveled the length and breadth of the United States and participated in some of the most significant events of the nineteenth century. This first complete biography of Emory offers new insight on an often overlooked military figure and provides an important view of an expanding America. Born in Maryland in 1811, Emory was a West Point graduate who resigned his commission to become a civil engineer and join the newly formed Corps of Topographical Engineers. After working along the Canadian boundary, he was selected to accompany Stephen Watts Kearny and the Army of the West in their trek to California in 1846, and his map from that expedition helped guide Forty-Niners bound for the goldfields.

Emory worked for nine years on the new border between the United States and Mexico after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase and was responsible for the survey and marking of the boundary. When the Civil War broke out, Emory refused a commission in the Confederate Army, instead commanding a regiment defending Washington, D.C.

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