Its history should be an enduring tribute to American courage and American organizing genius. This document was the ultimatum of the dissatisfied slave-holding commonwealths. For many months, the gigantic struggle then imminent, had been painfully discernible to far-seeing men. It had also been followed by many of the California gold-seekers in 1848-49 and by Gen. Clemens have also been of value in compiling the present book.
As early as the beginning of the year 1860 the Union had been plainly in jeopardy. It had a brief existence of only sixteen months and was supplanted by the transcontinental telegraph. Horses were purchased throughout the West. Nearby, closely inspecting the animal's equipment is a wiry little man scarcely twenty years old. A short sprint and he has reached the Missouri River wharf.
To the South, the acquisition of California meant enhanced prestige--involving, as it would, the occupation of a large area whose soils and climate might encourage the perpetuation of slavery; it meant a rich possession which would afford her a strategic base for waging war against her northern foe; it meant a romantic field in which opportunity might be given to organize an allied republic of the Pacific, a power which would, perchance, forcibly absorb the entire Southwest and a large section of Northern Mexico. Finney was made Western manager with headquarters at San Francisco. The noise of the cheering multitude grows faint as the Kansas shore draws near. A large part of this route traversed the wildest regions of the Continent. I have sought to bring to light and make accessible to all readers the more important facts of the Pony Express--its inception, organization and development, its importance to history, its historical background, and some of the anecdotes incidental to its operation.
He rode the first twenty miles in fifty-nine minutes, changing mounts once. It brought the Atlantic coast and the rapidly developing state of California ten days nearer to each other. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. The Central route followed the Platte River into Wyoming and reached Sacramento via Salt Lake City, almost from a due easterly direction. It would be quite easy to fill many pages with western adventure having no special bearing upon the central topic. This sudden announcement of the long desired fast mail route aroused great enthusiasm in the West and especially in St.
But you can getthe book for free here: By Glenn D. Russell the need of better mail connections over the Central route, and of the especial need of better communication should war occur. Some scream themselves hoarse; others are strangely silent; and some--strong men--are moved to tears. Connelley of The Overland Stage To California, an excellent compendium of data on many phases of the subject. They must repeal their Personal Liberty laws and respect the Dred Scott Decision of the Federal Supreme Court. It brought the Atlantic coast and the rapidly developing state of California ten days nearer to each other. It brought the Atlantic coast and the Pacific slope ten days nearer to each other.
It has been claimed that southern representatives in Congress during the decade before the war managed to prevent any legislation favorable to overland mail routes running North of the slave-holding states; and that they concentrated their strength to render government aid to the southern routes whenever possible. Or she might take advantage of these lines of travel, and, by striking swiftly and suddenly, organize and reinforce her followers in California, intimidate the Unionists, many of whom were apathetic, and by a single bold stroke snatch the prize away from her antagonist before the latter should have had time to act. In 1858, Lincoln had forewarned the country in his House Divided speech. Flags were unfurled and floral decorations lined the streets. It was not merely these dangers of dire exposure and privation that threatened, for wherever the country permitted of human life, Indians abounded.
The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works. Moreover to hold this region would give the North a base of operations to check her opponent in any campaign of aggression in the far West, should the South presume such an attempt. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. These are approximate figures, as they varied slightly from time to time. Finding themselves thus committed, they at once began preparations with tremendous activity. Yet it was of the greatest importance in binding the East and West together at a time when overland travel was slow and cumbersome, and when a great national crisis made the rapid communication of news between these sections an imperative necessity. Early in February of that momentous year, Jefferson Davis, on behalf of the South, had introduced his famous resolutions in the Senate of the United States.
On April 3rd, at the same hour the express started from St. Joseph Railroad had arranged to run a s ecial train into the cit , brin in the throu h mail from connectin oints in the East. We are delighted to publish this classic book as part of our extensive Classic Library collection. Situated at a distance of nearly two thousand miles from the Missouri river which was then the nation's western frontier, this intervening space comprised trackless plains, almost impenetrable ranges of snow-capped mountains, and parched alkali deserts. The Story of the Pony Express Chapter I At A Nation's Crisis The Pony Express was the first rapid transit and the first fast mail line across the continent from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast. Private corporations and Congress had not been wholly insensible to the needs of the West. I have sought to bring to light and make accessible to all readers the more important facts of the Pony Express—its inception, organization and development, its importance to history, its historical background, and some of the anecdotes incidental to its operation.
Yet it was of the greatest importance in binding the East and West together at a time when overland travel was slow and cumbersome, and when a great national crisis made the rapid communication of news between these sections an imperative necessity. At Salt Lake City, Ficklin secured the services of J. In itself this material is fragmentary and incoherent. The history of this organization should be a lasting monument to the physical sacrifice of man and beast in an effort to accomplish something worthwhile. He also declared that in his conversation with Gwin he had already committed their company to the undertaking, and he did not see how they could, with honor and propriety, evade the responsibility of attempting it.
Not to mention the romance, the unsurpassed courage, the. The Pony Express had only a brief existence, from April 1860 to October 1861, when it was supplanted by the trans-continental telegraph. While I have diverged occasionally from the thread of the narrative, my purpose has been merely to give where possible more background to the story, that the account as a whole might be more understandable in its relation to the general facts of history. It was organized and operated by a private corporation after having been encouraged in its inception by a United States Senator who later turned traitor to his country. By thus creating counter forces the South would effectively block the Federal Government on the western half of the continent. Once in control, she could isolate the Pacific coast for many months and thus enable her sympathizers there the more effectually to perfect their plans of secession. William Russell, senior partner of the firm of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, was called to Washington in connection with some Government freight contracts.