R of the price point I was truly looking forward to the read but it just went on and on about daily weather and local landscapesa real slog that only generated disappointment because it was so dry and contained scant references to the camels I ve been reading this book for research for my third book about post Civil War Texas It s a first hand account of an unusual experiment the possible use of camels for transport and warfare through the punishing climate and terrain of the American Southwest An interesting look at a hazardous journey. Esley reproduces Stacey’s account as well as Lt Beale’s glowing report on the expedition in which he freuently comments on the camels’ remarkable endurance Originally published in 1929 Lesley’s study was one of the first to treat this curiosity in US military history and it remains the definitive text on the subject.
free download Uncle Sam's CamelsThe Journal of May Humphreys Stacey Supplemented by the Report of of Edward Fitzgerald Beale
And onMay not have bothered me so much except this coincidentally came to my attention two times within two months rather exceptional for such an obscure volume first in a Saudi Aramco issue about camels and then in a search for items concerning Big Bend NP in Texas where I plan on making a four day canoe trip shortly Thus I was intent on reading this but not available from local library and everywhere demanded a rather steep price not totally ridiculous but the most inexpensive was 24 for a used hardcover Believing demand was the drive. Ore could be used to transport supplies to frontier forts uicklyLt Edward Fitzgerald Beale led the nation’s first and only “camel corps” expedition from Texas to California in 1857 Joining him was nineteen ear old May Humphreys Stacey who kept a detailed journal of their harrowing adventures In Uncle Sam’s Camels
Great little behind the scenes look at the project with in depth coverage of the journey from diary entries Despite the meager rating I feel this is an important work The actual diaries of two men who accompanied the one and only expedition using camels in the United States the book preserves an unknown uniue chapter of American history Unfortunately because they are diaries it is immensely uninspiring even though both authors demonstrate a flair at turning a phrase The intent was not to entertain just preserve factsand both persist on. In 1855 at the urging of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis the US Congress funded an unusual experiment the importation of camels in order to test their fitness for military purposes in the Southwest Camels it was presumed would fare much better than horses and mules in the desert’s punishing climate and terrain and theref.