Publication: University of Oklahoma Press, 1955, Norman
First edition. 8vo. Cloth, xiii [blank], 270 pp., preface, acknowledgments, illustrated from photographs, portraits, map, bibliographical note, index. Captain Randolph Marcy contributed much to the development of the American West. He was a trail blazer, geographer, Mexican fighter, Indian authority, and author. Marcy conducted five major expeditions through the West and drafted the first reasonably accurate maps of the Southwest. His advice to his military superiors led to the establishment of the chain of "Cross Timbers" forts from Fort Smith to New Mexico, including Forts Arbuckle, Belknap, and Sill, and the location of a number of Indian reservations. During the Mormon War Marcy led a dramatic march over 634 miles of snow-covered mountains to New Mexico to obtain relief supplies for isolated Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Former owner's neat bookplate on the front pastedown sheet, else a very good copy in a price-clipped and rubbed dust jacket with light wear to the spine ends, corners and extremities.
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