Uncle Sam's Camels: The Journal of May Humphreys Stacey Supplemented by the Report of Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1857-1858) - PDF free download eBook

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In 1855, at the urging of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, the U.S. Congress funded an unusual experiment: the importation of camels in order to test their fitness for military purposes in the...

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Original Title
Uncle Sam's Camels: The Journal of May Humphreys Stacey Supplemented by the Report of Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1857-1858)
ISBN13
9780873282208
Edition Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
317 pages
Book Language
English
Ebook Format
PDF, EPUB

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In 1855, at the urging of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, the U.S. Congress funded an unusual experiment: the importation of camels in order to test their fitness for military purposes in the Southwest. Camels, it was presumed, would fare much better than horses and mules in the desert's punishing climate and terrain, and therefore could be used to transport supplies to In 1855, at the urging of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, the U.S.

Congress funded an unusual experiment: the importation of camels in order to test their fitness for military purposes in the Southwest. Camels, it was presumed, would fare much better than horses and mules in the desert's punishing climate and terrain, and therefore could be used to transport supplies to frontier forts more quickly. Lt.

Edward Fitzgerald Beale led the nation's first and only "camel corps" expedition from Texas to California in 1857. Joining him was nineteen-year-old May Humphreys Stacey, who kept a detailed journal of their harrowing adventures. In Uncle Sam's Camels, Lesley reproduces Stacey's account as well as Lt.

Beale's glowing report on the expedition, in which he frequently comments on the camel's remarkable endurance. Originally published in 1929, Lesley's study was one of the first to treat this curiosity in U.S. military history, and it remains the definitive text on the subject.

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