EMORY, William H.- (1811-1887)
“William H. Emory’s Congressional publication with its narrative text of the journey, scientific descriptions, maps and plates is one of the monuments of Southwestern history. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance is valuable for a multiple of reasons.
Notes of a Military Reconnaissance, from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Parts of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers….Made in 1846-7, with the Advanced Guard of the “Army of the West”
Emory, William H [emsley] (1811-1887)
First State Senate Version with the “Epoch Making” Map of the Southwest
“William H. Emory’s Congressional publication with its narrative text of the journey, scientific descriptions, maps and plates is one of the monuments of Southwestern history. Notes of a Military Reconnaissance is valuable for a multiple of reasons. It contains the earliest published journal of the Mexican-American War as it unfolded in the Southwest and California. As the leader of a fourteen-man contingent of topographical engineers, Emory accompanied General Stephen Watts Kearney and his Army of the West as it subdued New Mexico and marched on secure California for the United States. His daily record documented not only the work of the scientists but also the military actions of Kearny. The scientist-solider served with distinction at the famous battle of San Pasqual near San Diego and at the final skirmishes of San Gabriel and Mesa that effectively ended the conflict in California.” Gary Kurtuz: Sloan, Volkmann
The lithographic plates, many by American artists John Mix Stanley, provide some of the earliest views of Santa Fe, Native Americans and the landscape of the Southwest. The exploration plates, botanical plates, maps and narrative provide the first detailed information of the Southern route west to Santa Fe and was used by early gold rush pioneers. Emory’s huge map (76 inches by 30 inches by 72 inches) for the first time accurately tied the Southwest from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Southern California. “In many respects, Emory’s map was the most important milestone in the cartographic development and accurate delineation of the Southwest. In it period only the similarly scientifically based reconnaissance maps of Fremont ere its equals”
Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 544
Washington: Senate Executive Document No. 7, 30th Congress 1st Session, Wendell and Van Benthuysen Printers, 1848, First State with Emory listed as Brevet Major instead of Lieut. Col., 416 pages, 40 lithographic plates (26 views, Native Americans and natural history by Weber, 12 botanicals by Endicott plus 2 anonymous botanicals,
Text illustrations, with 4 maps: 1. Sketch of the Actions Fought at San Pasqual in Upper California, 2. Sketches of the Passage of the Rio San Gabriel Upper California by the Americans, 3. Sketch of the Battle of Los Angeles…,4. Military Reconnaissance of the Arkansas….Housed in a custom slipcase with large map in chemise.
Dorothy Sloan: Volkmann, Wheat Transmississippi 544,
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