Reprinted from the Washington Historical Quarterly Volume 15, Number 1. 25.5 cm. in gray printed wrappers. 16 pages. Sergeant D.G. Sheffield, with Company H, 4th U.S. Infantry, was serving in Plattsburg, NY, when in 1852 he received orders to go to Fort Vancouver, Oregon Territory, and relieve troops stationed there. Rather than remaining in New York, his wife, Delia Sheffield, only 16 years old, decided to travel with him. On July 5, 1852, Sergeant Sheffield along with eight other companies of the 4th Infantry and their families (approximately 700 people), under the command of LTC Benjamin Bonneville, boarded the steamship Ohio for Aspinwall on the Isthmus of Panama. In high spirits the passengers began their trip, but less than half of the group of men and women would live to reach their journey's destination. These are the reminiscences of that trip. Neatly written in green ink on the front panel, "R.S. Ellison with cordial regards of Fred Sockley," along with lightly sunned panel edges. Very good. A very interesting account of facts and incidents of pioneer life.
Inventory Number: 35600