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by Doris Shaw Castro,James H. Carson

It is said that California has the most complete recorded history of any state in the Union. Contemporaries called James H. (Henry) Carson's "sketches" as the most correct eye-witness reports of early California. The U. S. Congress declared war on Mexico in May 1846, and sent four units to occupy and hold Alta California, with a view to its acquisition. Sgt. Carson's Co. F, 3d Reg., Artillery, the "pioneer company," arrived in California in January 1847, after a five-months' voyage around the Horn; the Panama Canal was not yet built. In 1847 Carson served as commissary sergeant at 10th Military District Headquarters. In this capacity he obtained food supplies from the Califor-nios and shared in their social life, making him an important person at Monterey, capital of Alta California. He was one of the few who did not desert his post when gold was discovered in January 1848. In June-July he accompanied R. B. Mason, Col. 1st Dragoons, and Lt. W. T. Sherman (later Gen. Sherman of Civil War fame) on the first official tour of the Northern Gold Mines. In August 1848, on furlough, he discovered Carson Hill, classic gold mining ground of California. In July 1849 he traveled with Gen. B. Riley, Acting Governor of California and Lt. G. H. Derby on a tour of the Southern Mines. Upon discharge from the Army in November 1849, he elected to remain in California, and became a miner. In May 1850 he served as guide to Lt. Derby, Topographical Engineers, on the first official survey of San Joaquin Valley. It was here he contracted a fatal disease. He wrote his "sketches" during this period of inactivity until his death at Stockton on Dec. 12, 1853, aged thirty-two years. Carson was a keen observer, and wrote about California's mineral and agricultural resources; land titles and public domain; establishing a state capital; the first State Legislature. He "saw the elephant." He learned to laugh at himself, and his writings reflected a broad humor as he wrote about his fellowmen in the
Download James H. Carson's California, 1847-1853 epub
ISBN: 0533121930
ISBN13: 978-0533121939
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Doris Shaw Castro,James H. Carson
Language: English
Publisher: Vantage Pr; 1st edition (November 1, 1997)
Pages: 248 pages
ePUB size: 1891 kb
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