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Notes of a Military Reconnoissance 1848  

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Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, del Norte, and Gila Rivers

Emory, William Hemsley

Washington, DC

Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers



Forty lithographed plates, with three maps (lacking the folding Military Reconnaissance map). Octavo. Original brown cloth binding, with a printed paper spine label. 30th Congress, 1st Session. [Senate.] Executive, No. 7. First Edition.

Emory commanded the fourteen-man detachment of topographical engineers that accompanied General Stephen Watts Kearny and the Army of the West on their march from Fort Leavenworth through the Southwest to Los Angeles during the Mexican War. His daily record documented not only the military actions of the U. S. Army as it pacified New Mexico and Southern California, it also reported the findings of the soldier-scientist topographical engineers as they encountered the native inhabitants and unique flora, fauna, and geology of the region. Rendered in a vivid and dramatic style, it is among the best written and earliest narratives of the Mexican War. Rittenhouse 188, Wagner-Camp 148:1, The Zamorano Eighty 33.

Donated by Nick Ervin, San Diego, CA.

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Contents are lightly toned; spine label is mostly scuffed away, with some restoration to the corners and tips.

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