The Diaries of John Gregory Bourke. Volume 3: June 1, by Charles M. Robinson III

By Charles M. Robinson III

John Gregory Bourke stored a huge set of diaries as aide-de-camp to Brigadier common George criminal. This 3rd quantity (of a projected set of 8) starts off in 1878 with a dialogue of the Bannock rebellion and a retrospective on loopy Horse, whose demise Bourke known as "an occasion of such value, and with its attendant conditions pregnant with lots of fine or evil for the cost among the Union Pacific Rail street and the Yellowstone River." 3 different key occasions in this interval have been the Cheyenne Outbreak of 1878-79, the Ponca Affair, and the White River Ute rebellion, the latter in 1879. He reviews on matters in the army in the course of his day, resembling the quirks and foibles of the Irish infantrymen who made up a wide a part of the frontier military, and likewise at the difficulties of Johnson Whittaker, who grew to become West Point's basically black cadet following the commencement of Henry Flipper in 1878. each one quantity within the sequence is greatly annotated and encompasses a biographical appendix on Indians, civilians, and army body of workers named within the quantity.

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Aided by the fullest exertion of the powers of local cooks and confectioners. Fruits, of every description and of the finest quality, creams, ices, bonbons, wine—everything to tempt the palate, made a glittering and costly array. With feasting and dancing, the wedding reception was kept up in full vigor until 3 in the morning, at which hour, the brides-maids were placed in carriages and under the escort of the groom’s men taken to their homes. Bidding them good night and good bye, we returned to our Hotel, but remained up all night, talking over old times at the Point and the varied scenes in which we had been thrown since last we had met.

It was surprising to see 20. This survey was conducted throughout the 1870s by George Montague Wheeler of the Topographical Engineers. Initially begun as a survey of eastern Nevada and Arizona, it eventually expanded to include much of the territory west of the 100th Meridian that had not been surveyed up to that point. 5 million square miles, but rival civilian surveys lobbied Congress to terminate the project two years before its completion. Thrapp, Encyclopedia, 3:1544–45. THE LIFE OF A GENERAL’S AIDE 42 how bravely the old lady bore the fatigue of the long journey out from Washington.

Buford and Mr. Morton, and also Mr. Preston, son of General Preston, our former minister to Spain, who called upon us in his father’s name, very soon after our arrival. Our next visit was to the cemetery, which is at once the sacred field and the public park of the town. It is maintained in a style worthy of all praise and is, beyond question, the most beautiful abode of the dead I ever saw. Each plot of ground is kept trimmed and sodded, ornamented with choice flowers; and very generally, a pretty iron railing encloses a monument of granite or polished marble upon which may be read the names of the best families of Kentucky.

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