YELLOWSTONE EXPEDITION. WILSON, F.M. Manuscript journal, A Journal of a Tour with the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition with a Surveyting Team for the Northern Pacific Railroad,

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YELLOWSTONE EXPEDITION.
WILSON, F.M.
Manuscript journal, A Journal of a Tour with the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition with a Surveyting Team for the Northern Pacific Railroad,

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YELLOWSTONE EXPEDITION.
WILSON, F.M. Manuscript journal, A Journal of a Tour with the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition with a Surveyting Team for the Northern Pacific Railroad, 8vo (160 x 106 mm), 138 pp recto and verso, in pencil, on lined paper in bound journal in tan calf, decorated in blind, with folding flap over upper cover. Rubbed, chipped at corners, pages browning throughout.

AN EXTRAORDINARILY VIVID FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF THE STANLEY-CUSTER YELLOWSTONE EXPEDITION — A SIGNIFICANT EPISODE IN AMERICAN FRONTIER HISTORY. The 19-year old author was sent from Minneapolis by the Northern Pacific Railroad as part of the surveying team that traveled westward along the Yellowstone River in 1873. The 353 civilians in the party were accompanied by approximately 1,500 men of the 7th Cavalry, led by Generals Custer and Stanley. He describes the events of the journey in detail, including the battles of Honsinger Bluff and Pease Bottom. Clearly impressed by the expansive scenery, he writes "The prairie I dreamed of when a boy has unfolded its beauty around me. I have found the prairie of the poet and the painter and am glad to say their genius has not given it a single charm it cannot rightfully claim." On June 29th he writes "This morning at breakfast found that Gen. Custer had arrived during the night. While we were at the table he rode up and dismounted. Was dressed in buckskin shirt with a large Byron collar of red flannel & blue cavalry pants. Looked keen and bright." He describes the arrival on July 5 of General Stanley, saying he "... and his staff rode up and soon his command began to appear over a hill. First came several hundred troops, then a long and apparently endless train of canvas covered wagons ... the whole train stretched over two miles." Near the end of the adventure, on September 21st, he calculates the total distance traveled by the party, much of it on foot, at 956 miles.
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YELLOWSTONE EXPEDITION. WILSON, F.M. Manuscript journal, A Journal of a Tour with the 1873 Yellowstone Expedition with a Surveyting Team for the Northern Pacific Railroad,
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