Covered Wagon Women, Volume 9: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1864-1868 by Kenneth L. HolmesCovered Wagon Women, Volume 9: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1864-1868 by Kenneth L. Holmes

Covered Wagon Women, Volume 9: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1864-1868

EditorKenneth L. HolmesIntroduction bySherry L. Smith

Paperback | September 1, 1999

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In their simplicity is their poignancy. On August 7, 1865, Mary Louisa Black noted in her journal that they were “nooning on a nice stream in a valey in the mountains.” A day later she observed that one of the men in the overland expedition had “buried an infant here yesterday—still born.” One can only imagine her emotional turmoil—she had buried her own daughter three months earlier, just as she and her husband set out for Oregon.
 
While each diarist and letter-writer had her personal joys and sorrows, collectively these invaluable accounts demonstrate the passion and courage of these nineteenth-century pioneering women who led and followed their families into the West, pursuing dreams of better economic or social situations. One can only marvel at their ability to persevere under conditions that sent many scurrying back home to the East.
Kenneth L. Holmes was a professor of history at Western Oregon State College. He edited and compiled Covered Wagon Women, drawing on archives and private sources. An associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University, Sherry L. Smith is the author of The View from Officers’ Row: Army Perceptions of Western Indians.
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Title:Covered Wagon Women, Volume 9: Diaries And Letters From The Western Trails, 1864-1868Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803272987

ISBN - 13:9780803272989

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Through a collection of diaries and letters, this book captures the experiences of women crossing the Western Trails from 1864 to 1868. The personal joys and sorrows presented in these accounts demonstrate the passion and courage of these 19th century pioneering women who followed their families to the west in search of better economic and social situations. Photographs accompany the text featured in Covered Wagon Women.

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“An outstanding collection of primary sources written by women moving west.”—Wagon Tracks
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