By Winston Groom
In June 1846, basic Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of castle Leavenworth, Kansas, with thousand infantrymen, sure for California. on the time, the kingdom used to be hell-bent on growth: James okay. Polk had in recent times gained the presidency by means of threatening England over the borders in Oregon, whereas Congress had simply voted, in defiance of the Mexican executive, to annex Texas. After Mexico declared battle at the usa, Kearny’s military of the West was once despatched out, wearing orders to occupy Mexican territory. whilst his excursion ended a yr later, the rustic had doubled in measurement and now stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, gratifying what many observed because the nation’s precise destiny—and whilst surroundings the degree for the yank Civil warfare.
Winston Groom recounts the superb experience and hazard that Kearny and his troops encountered at the path. Their tale intertwines with these of the well-known mountain guy equipment Carson; Brigham younger and his Mormon fans fleeing persecution and Illinois; and the ill-fated Donner social gathering, trapped within the snow of the Sierra Nevada. jointly, they stumble upon wild Indians, Mexican armies, political intrigue, risky natural world, gold rushes, and land-grabs. a few lower back in glory, others in shackles, and a few certainly not. yet those have been the folk who helped the USA satisfy her promise.
Distilling a wealth of letters, journals, and army files, Groom supplies us a robust account that enlivens our realizing of the intriguing, if unforgiving, company of country-making.
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Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847 by Winston Groom
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