By Winston Groom
In June 1846, common Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of citadel Leavenworth, Kansas, with thousand infantrymen, certain for California. on the time, the state used to be hell-bent on growth: James ok. Polk had in recent years gained the presidency by way of threatening England over the borders in Oregon, whereas Congress had simply voted, in defiance of the Mexican govt, to annex Texas. After Mexico declared struggle at the usa, Kearny’s military of the West was once despatched out, wearing orders to occupy Mexican territory. while his excursion ended a yr later, the rustic had doubled in measurement and now stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, enjoyable what many observed because the nation’s specific destiny—and even as surroundings the level for the yankee Civil warfare.
Winston Groom recounts the superb event and risk that Kearny and his troops encountered at the path. Their tale intertwines with these of the recognized mountain guy package Carson; Brigham younger and his Mormon fans fleeing persecution and Illinois; and the ill-fated Donner celebration, trapped within the snow of the Sierra Nevada. jointly, they stumble 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 USA satisfy her promise.
Distilling a wealth of letters, journals, and army files, Groom offers us a robust account that enlivens our figuring out of the intriguing, if unforgiving, company of country-making.
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