A highly readable and thorough examination of Lt. Colonel John Fremont's disastrous fourth expedition through the central Rockies.
The intent of the expedition was to locate a future railroad passage through the central Rockies during the winter months to see if a rail system would be feasible at that time of year. All signs pointed to a severe and brutal winter when Fremont and thirty-five others (many of them seasoned veterans of the frontier) undertook this impossible assault on the mountains. The outcome was ten dead.
The author explores every scrap of evidence from governmental documents, personal letters and newspaper articles to rationalize Fremont's failure. From the misguidance of "Old" Bill Williams, to the personal vendettas amongst the men, to the geographical disorientations at hand, we gain a better understanding as to what went on in the breakdown of this expedition. A captivating and engaging read.
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