Basic Texas Books
: JENKINS, John H.
Basic Texas Books
. Austin: Texas State Historical
: CLARK, Thomas D.
Travels in the Old South
Norman: University of
Oklahoma Press, 1956-59. 3 vols.
Crossroads of Empire:
AMON CARTER MUSEUM & UT ARLINGTON.
Empire: Early Printed Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 1513-1900. June 12-July 26, 1981.
California 49: Forty-Nine
California from the Sixteenth Century to the Present
. San Francisco: California
Society Occasional Paper No. 6 with The Book Club of California, 1999.
Cowan II: COWAN, R. E.
A Bibliography of the History of California, 1510—
John Henry Nash, 1933. 2 vols.
Americana...103 to 138.
New York: Argosy-Antiquarian Ltd., 1965. 4 vols.
Eberstadt 158 (
) 137: EBERSTADT, Edward
Delineated: Being a Collection of
Maps, Views, Broadsides, Imprints
& Other Rare Historical
New York, 1962.
Exploration and Empire
Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West.
the consignor. Su
ce it to say that Dr. Sanderson’s journal is substantial, well-written, and
a contribution of major proportions to Western and Mormon history.
Following are a few very skeletal excerpts from Dr. Sanderson’s lengthy day-to-day
entries to give a just idea of content and style:
1846. Left Fort Leavenworth Monday morning in company with Lt. Smith
Dragoons... The country we passed over was beautify undulating and well watered...
The responsibility of pitching tents, preparing supper &c produced rather a singular feel-
ing. I found upon examination I had no co
ee pot, the key of my mess chest lost or mislaid.
I had to content myself with such supper as I could get, it consisted of hard bread, broiled
bacon & water....
... I have just bid farewell to all appearances of civilization having passed the
last cultivated spot I expect to see in the U.S. until I return... Smith made a very impor-
tant discovery after we arrived in camp and that was a bottle of very
ne whiskey. As a mat-
ter of course it was attended to.
We traveled today about 18 miles had a v good supper
smoked a cigar and went to bed...
Met Mr. Clark of St. Louis returning from Bents Fort.
He gave us infor-
mation of General
movements and the army of the West....
men on half
rations and Liquor very scarce...
August 30th...Preaching, dancing, singing and
dling going on this day being
...Just before leaving camp this morning an express arrived from Santa Fe. The
Mexican Governor left the city to its fate, having under his command three thousand
troops, and several pieces of artillery.
We saw the letter form Genl. Kearny address to all...
...I was somewhat amused to day passed two men seated on the grass their hors-
es grazing not very far distant from them. I thought they were devoutly engaged in prayer
or some religious ceremony. Curiosity prompted me to ride up when lo and behold they were
play cards on the wild plains...
We have a good deal of grumbling among the soldiers and
men about their hard marching. I am
rmly convinced if they had their own way, or left
to themselves they would not get to Santa Fe by Christmas...This Battalion will cost the
Government more money in proportion than any Corps they have, and if not mistaken will
render less service. The only way or plan the Government can adopt to make them useful is
to pout them to work building forti
Oct. Camped at Polvederea a small town.
Here we had another Fandango given
us. I remained until ten oclock and then left perfectly disgusted. The females generally was
. Today the Guides left by Genl. Kearney joined us.
We were to day joined with
some Mexican traders with some thirty pack
mules going to trade with the Apache
. ...We have some twenty men on sick report, and I have within the last two days
three cases of measles....
. ...Some tame animals was killed to day, which no doubt have been stolen by
the Apache Indians and strayed from them. These Indians are the terror of all the frontier
settlements of Sonora and Chihuahua...
. Left camp early this morning, and took an old road leading from the Copper
Mines to Chihuahua and Senora. Travelled it about three miles. There our commanding
cer was disposed to change his mind, which he did. I do not believe his organ of
predominates at any rate...
. ...This has been a day of great events...the Command was attacked by wild
Bulls. They had been shot at and some of them wounded. They killed two mules and wound-
men one man very badly...it was a terri
c scene to see these furious animals....
We had a visit to day from the great Chief of the Pemo’s...one of the most
mild and benign countenances I never saw....He told our Commanding O
cer he was
very glad to see him, and should have called upon him sooner but he had engaged in busi-
ness entrusted to his care, by General Kearney....
. ...We met four Mexicans form California bringing letters to us from General
Kearney, from which we learn there has been a Revolution in the Country and the
Californians have all the Country in their possession from Monterey to San Diego...
General Kearney thinks things have been very badly managed but not authorized to say so
Jan. 18. ...General Kearney
& Commodore Stock left San
Diego about the 29
December with six hundred
man consisting of
Volunteers the Pebleu De Los Angeles the Capital of California.
We employed this day
mustering drilling and issuing ammunition, and to morrow will be ready to meet, or
receive a visit from the enemy....