Fremont, Pathmarker of the West

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U of Nebraska Press, 1992 - History - 689 pages
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One of the most controversial and romantic figures in American history, John C. Fr‰mont experienced a dizzying succession of public triumphs and humiliations. He made his name exploring the West, surveying, mapping, and describing the Rockies, the Great Basin, and Oregon country. Allan Nevins gives Fr‰mont full credit for his achievements as a topographer, soldier, and politician while noting how often his rashness attracted enemies and led to his downfall: to a court-martial for disobeying orders during the Bear Flag Rebellion, to a disastrous winter expedition in the San Juan Mountains, to his defeat as the first presidential candidate of the Republican party, to the loss of his Civil War command. Through sickness and health, poverty and wealth, his wife, the vivacious Jessie Benton Fr‰mont, stood by him. Their enduring romance occupies much more than the background in this absorbing story of his life.

The dean of American historians, Allan Nevins won the Pulitzer Prize for his biographies of Grover Cleveland and Hamilton Fish.

  

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Contents

PREFACE CHAPTER I CHARLESTON BOYHOOD
1
An EXPLORERS TRAINING
19
FIRST VIEW OF THE GREAT WEST
29
WASHINGTON COURTSHIP
46
A RUNAWAY MARRIAGE
60
THE STAKES OF THE WEST
72
THE FIRST EXPEDITION
89
SOUTH PASS AND FREMONTS PEAK
104
STARVATION AND CANNIBALISM
343
CHAPTE PACE XXIII GOLCONDA AND THE SENATE
373
MANAGING THE MARIPOSAS
393
THE FIFTH EXPEDITION
408
THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION
421
THE CAMPAIGN OF 1856
439
NEW MARIPOSA TROUBLES
459
CIVIL WAR IN THE WEST
473

THE FIRST REPORT
116
OUTWARD BOUND
127
OVER THE WINTER SIERRAS
147
SUTTERS FORT AND CALIFORNIA
161
HOMEWARD OVER THE ROCKIES
175
WASHINGTON EXPANSIONISTS AND THE FAR WEST
190
THE THIRD EXPEDITION
206
A CLASH WITH CALIFORNIANS
217
THE MESSAGE FROM GILLESPIE
234
THE BEAR FLAG OUTBREAK
253
THE CALIFORNIA BATTALION
287
THE QUARREL WITH KEARNY
305
A FAMOUS COURTMARTIAL
327
FREMONT vs BLAIR AND LINCOLN
503
THE END OF THE HUNDRED DAYS
529
THE MOUNTAIN DEPARTMENT
550
THE DEFEAT OF THE BLAIRS
564
A FINANCIAL DEBACLE
583
POVERTY AND LABOR
602
CHARACTER AND FAME
612
SOME NEW LIGHT ON FREMONT
623
FREMONTS CHILDREN
663
E M KERNS LETTER
667
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
671
INDEX
675
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Allan Nevins, 1890 - 1971 Educator, historian and biographer Allan Nevins was born in Camp Point, Illinois. He was educated at the University of Illinois. From 1913-1931, he was on the editorial staff of various newspapers and periodicals in New York City. From 1931 until his retirement in 1958, he was the professor of American history at Columbia University. He died in Menlo Park, California, in 1971. His historical and biographical writings were thoroughly researched and two of his books, "Grover Cleveland" (1932) and "Hamilton Fish" (1936), won Pulitzer Prizes. Other titles include "The Ordeal of the Union" (8 vol. 1947-1971) and "The Emergence of Lincoln" (2 vol. 1950). He also edited letters and diaries, which included "The Diary of John Quincy Adams" (1928).

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