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Title A trip across the plains, 1859 [manuscript]: [19--]
Author Smith, I. M.
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Typescript recollections of an overland trip in 1859 from Fayette, Mo., to California via Independence Rock, Soda Springs, and the Humboldt-Carson route to Genoa, Nevada, with an emigrant party consisting of the Shepard and Wright families, and single men from Missouri and Michigan. Smith, a hired hand, describes an Indian attack on the Hudspeth Cutoff about four days west of Soda Springs in which five of the party were killed and many others wounded. He also describes the escape and rescue of party members, and notes where survivors later settled.
Places Fayette, Missouri, Independence Rock, Soda Springs, Hudspeth Cutoff, California, Idaho, United States
Keywords personal account, travelogue, attack, frontier, pioneer, overland trail, cattle
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Great Plains, Plateau, Great Basin, California
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference Ayer MS 812
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue