Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged Republication edition (August 31, 2006)
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besides an exceptional rifle and a robust horse, this consultant used to be a necessary spouse for any westward-bound pioneer of the 19th century. Its writer, Captain Randolph B. Marcy of the U.S. military, spent such a lot of his army profession within the West. on the invitation of the conflict division, he shared some great benefits of his frontier event during this notable book.To present day reader, Marcy's handbook deals a desirable view of the pains and dangers of crossing the rustic. In 1859, it supplied life-or-death suggestion on every thing from discovering water and development a hearth to averting quicksand and treating snakebites. Marcy promised to aid his reader in escaping unexpected mess ups and conserving relative convenience in the course of the trip, including that the intrepid pilgrim "will consider himself a grasp spirit within the desolate tract he traverses, and never the sufferer of each new mix of conditions which nature provides or destiny allots, as though to aim his ability and prowess."Marcy's information encompasses opting for the simplest routes to California, wagon upkeep and the choice and care of horses, nutrients provides, first relief systems, and fording rivers. He additionally conveys details "concerning the conduct of Indians," together with local American monitoring and looking recommendations, smoke indications and signal language, and conflict strategies. Twenty-one unique illustrations supplement the informative and unique textual content.