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Forty-niner in Utah, page 113

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Title A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Jounral of John Hudson, 1848-50
Creator Hudson, John, 1826-1850
Subject Frontier and pioneer life; Letters; Diaries -- Authorship; Mormons
Subject Local Mormons --Utah--Biography; Frontier and pioneer life --Utah; West (U.S.) --Description and travel; Utah --Description and travel
Description John Hudson, artist and writer, chronicles his travels from New York City across the Plains towards California to partake in the Gold Rush. What was to have been a temporary stop in Salt Lake City stretches to sixteen months and includes participation in Captain Howard Stansbury's expedition of the Great Salt Lake.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributors Madsen, Brigham D.; Cooley, Everett L.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, the Mormons, and the West, no. 11
Coverage Time: 1848-50
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 14.75 cm x 23 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch; Jan Robertson
ARK ark:/87278/s6v1242x
Topic Mormons; Frontier and pioneer life; United States, West; Utah; Letters; Diaries--Authorship
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 113
Description Although John Hudson's fascinating and exception- ally descriptive letters to his family in England are worthy of publication by themselves, his brief career in America would not be complete without an opportunity to share his adventures as a member of the S tans- bury Expedition in its exploration of the great salt sea of the West. His artist's eye and facile pen add elements of interest and unique observatio n to wha .t might otherw ise have been another co mmon- place "scien tif ic expedition" concerned wi .th theodolites and tri- angul .ation. He adds a poet's touch to the prosaic business of the mapping and surveying of Great Salt Lake. The reasons for the dispatch of Captain Howard Stansbury's Corps of Topographical Engineers to explore and survey the Valley of Great Salt Lake under military orders of April II, 1849, were tied to the struggle between North and South over the devel- opment of a transcontinental route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast and to the need for the establishment of military posts to protect the flood of emigrants crossing on the Oregon Trail. Although Colonel John J. Abert, commander of the Corps of Engineers, favored the southern route, he felt obliged to meet the demands of northern constituents to explore a central route and, therefore, ordered Stansbury to accompany Colonel William W. Loring's regiment of Mounted Rifles along the Oregon Trail as far as Fort Hall. Under the Act of Congress of May 19,1846, the army had been directed to establish military stations along the trail to assure the safety of emigrants traveling to the Pacific Coast. As part of this exercise, Stansbury's instructions included making a thorough survey for a military post in the vicinity of Fort Hall which would be used as an outfitting post to help travelers prepare for the cross- ing of the desert wastes from Fort Hall to the Sierra Nevadas. By late June Forts Kearny and Laramie had become the first of the protecting posts; Cantonment Loring was built as a temporary station in early August about three miles north of the Hudson's Bay Company trading post at Fort Hall; and the final fort in the grand scheme, Camp Drum, was built at The Dalles, on the Columbia River, on May 21,185O. 113
Format application/pdf
Source A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Journal of John Hudson, 1848-50
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327798
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327798