Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847

Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847

Winston Groom


In June 1846, common Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of castle Leavenworth, Kansas, with thousand squaddies, sure for California. on the time, the state was once hell-bent on enlargement: James okay. Polk had in recent times received the presidency through threatening England over the borders in Oregon, whereas Congress had simply voted, in defiance of the Mexican executive, to annex Texas. After Mexico declared battle at the usa, Kearny’s military of the West was once despatched out, wearing orders to occupy Mexican territory. while his excursion ended a yr later, the rustic had doubled in measurement and now stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, pleasant what many observed because the nation’s special destiny—and while environment the level for the yank Civil conflict.
 
Winston Groom recounts the fantastic experience and probability that Kearny and his troops encountered at the path. Their tale intertwines with these of the recognized mountain guy equipment Carson; Brigham younger and his Mormon fans fleeing persecution and Illinois; and the ill-fated Donner get together, trapped within the snow of the Sierra Nevada. jointly, they come across wild Indians, Mexican armies, political intrigue, harmful flora and fauna, gold rushes, and land-grabs. a few again in glory, others in shackles, and a few certainly not. yet those have been the folks who helped the USA satisfy her promise.
 
Distilling a wealth of letters, journals, and armed forces documents, Groom provides us a strong account that enlivens our figuring out of the fascinating, if unforgiving, company of country-making.

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