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Title Glimpses of travel in the West [manuscript]: with the lieutenant general of the army, [1888]
Author Strong, William Emerson (1840-1891)
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Narrative of Strong’s May-June, 1879, trip with Gen. P.H. Sheridan through the mountains of southern Colorado to Santa Fe, N.M., probably intended as a memorial to Sheridan upon his death in 1888. The party, which also included Col. M.V. Sheridan, Capt. James Gregory, and Col. Henry T. Farrar, travelled first by rail, exploring the new routes through the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River and up the La Veta Pass. At Fort Crawford they were joined by detachments of the 9th Cavalry and 15th Infantry for the journey by wagon, ambulance, and horse over the Great Divide and finally to Santa Fe. In particular, Strong discusses the party’s camping accomodations, the scenery encountered, the engineering and construction of difficult rail routes, and the wagon train’s treacherous passage from Grassy Hill to Niegoldstown over the Stony Pass. Also included are brief summaries of other western trips with Sheridan and a concluding tribute to the general.
Names Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888)
Places Chicago, Illinois, Colorado, United States
Keywords railroad, train, wagon train, travel, travelogue, encampment, horse, army, military, armed forces, soldiers
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Culture Area Great Plains, Great Basin
Additional Information

Union army officer, 1861-1865, Freedmen’s Bureau official, 1865-1866, and Chicago businessman and lawyer, 1866-1891. Following the Civil War, Strong settled in Chicago, married into the Ogden family, assisted in the organization of the Illinois National Guard, and became connected with several business enterprises, including the Peshtigo Lumber Co. During the 1870’s and 1880’s Strong accompanied Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan, commander of the Military Division of the Missouri, on at least six VIP trips to the West (Yellowstone, Indian Territory, Colorado, and New Mexico).

In portfolio titled, "From Grassy Hill to Niegoldstown. Wm. E. Strong".

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3175
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue