Forty-niner in Utah, page 114

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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
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 114
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake In addition to his survey of the Fort Hall area, Captain Stans- bury was given extensive instructions to examine the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, make a study of the Mormons and their settle- ments and the neighboring Indian tribes, locate a supply route from Salt Lake City to the Oregon Trail, and complete a compre- hensive scrutiny of the natural resources of the region. He was to compile suitable maps marking these assets and the trails coursing through the upper Great Basin. As a commander of a typical "scientific" exploring expedition, Stansbury was thus left with some specific orders but also with instructions vague enough that it was left to his own discretion and ingenuity to decide on the final course of action.' Born in New York City, Howard Stansbury was trained as an engineer. After ten years of conducting various surveys of routes for canals and railroads in the Old Northwest, he entered the army on July 7,1838, as a lieutenant of topographical engineers and was made a captain two years later. For the next eight years he was engaged in various surveys in the region of the Great Lakes and in a comprehensive survey of the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hamp- shire, before receiving his assignment to travel to the Great Basin. 2 As Stansbury's only trained assistant on the western expedi- tion, First Lieutenant John Williams Gunnison also had extensive experience in survey work. Born and reared in New Hampshire, he graduated with high honors from West Point in 1837. For the next three years, he served as an ordinance officer in the Seminole War, as part of a detachment to conduct the Cherokees to Indian Terri- tory, and as a topographical engineer assigned again to the Seminole campaign. From 1840 to 1848 he was engaged in surveys in Georgia and the Great Lakes region until his assignment to ' accompany Stansbury to the West." I Howard Stansbury, Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of . Utah (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo and Company, 1852), p. 13 (hereafter cited as Stansbury, Report); John D. Unruh, Jr., The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979), pp. 205-8; William H. Goetzmann, Army Exploration in the American West, 1803-1863 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959), pp. 218-19; W. Turrentine Jackson, Wagon Roads West (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1952), p. 29. 2 Allen Johnson, ed., Dictionary Sons, 1 .929), vol. 17, p. 516. of American Biography (New York: Charles Scrib- 3 Ibid., vol. 8, p. 52. 114
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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 327799
Reference URL