Overland with Kit Carson: A Narrative of the Old Spanish Trail in '48

Overland with Kit Carson: A Narrative of the Old Spanish Trail in '48

by George Douglas Brewerton

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Gold had just been discovered in California at the close of the Mexican War when Kit Carson started east from Los Angeles with dispatches. Going with him was Lieutenant George Douglas Brewerton, who describes their journey over the Old Spanish Trail. It was a torturous route across deserts and mountains requiring the kind of expert survival skills that made Kit Carson famous. The scout, who was carrying the news that would begin the rush for gold, went as far as Taos, where he was reunited with his wife. From there Brewerton joined a wagon train that labored over the Santa Fé Trail to Independence, Missouri.

Overland with Kit Carson is a colorful and authentic account of encounters with Indians and white adventurers and of the hazards and hardships that accompanied anyone who undertook such a long journey in a sparsely populated country.

“Of prime importance to many general readers as well as to historians will be Brewerton’s intimate and concrete pictures of Kit Carson.”—Southwest Review.

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ISBN-13: 9781787209022
Publisher: Borodino Books
Publication date: 01/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 178
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

GEORGE DOUGLAS BREWERTON (1820-1901) was a pioneering New Mexican sketch artist and painter, poet, journalist and historian.

He was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1820, the son of Henry Brewerton, a career engineering officer in the United States Army who served as the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy and then as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Brewerton trained as a solider at West Point and crossed from California to New Mexico Territory in 1848 as part of the Army attachment accompanying Kit Carson. Brewerton’s Southwest oil paintings were some of the first landscapes of this territory exhibited in New York.

His poem and book titles include: Fitz Poodle at Newport: An Incident of the Season (1869); A Ride with Kit Carson through the Great American Desert and the Rocky Mountains (1853); The War in Kansas (1856); Wars of the Western Border; or, New Homes and a Strange People (1857); In the Buffalo Country (1862); Ida Lewis, the Heroine of Lime Rock (1869); and In the Buffalo Country (1870).

Brewerton died in Fordham, New York in 1901.

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