Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847

Winston Groom


In June 1846, common Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of castle Leavenworth, Kansas, with thousand infantrymen, sure for California. on the time, the country was once hell-bent on enlargement: James ok. Polk had in recent times received the presidency by way 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 warfare at the usa, Kearny’s military of the West was once despatched out, sporting orders to occupy Mexican territory. while his day trip ended a 12 months later, the rustic had doubled in dimension and now stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, enjoyable what many observed because the nation’s distinctive destiny—and while atmosphere the degree for the yank Civil warfare.
 
Winston Groom recounts the fantastic event and probability that Kearny and his troops encountered at the path. Their tale intertwines with these of the well-known mountain guy package Carson; Brigham younger and his Mormon fans fleeing persecution and Illinois; and the ill-fated Donner occasion, trapped within the snow of the Sierra Nevada. jointly, they come upon wild Indians, Mexican armies, political intrigue, harmful natural world, gold rushes, and land-grabs. a few back in glory, others in shackles, and a few on no account. yet those have been the folks who helped the US satisfy her promise.
 
Distilling a wealth of letters, journals, and armed forces documents, Groom provides us a robust account that enlivens our realizing of the interesting, if unforgiving, enterprise of country-making.

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