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Western Legacies #3: A Texas Cowboy's Journal: Up the Trail to Kansas in 1868

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In this earliest known day-by-day journal of a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas, Jack Bailey, a North Texas farmer, describes what it was like to live and work as a cowboy in the southern plains just after the Civil War. We follow Bailey as the drive moves northward into Kansas and then as his party returns to Texas through eastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas, and Indian Territory.

For readers steeped in romantic cowboy legend, the journal contains surprises. Baileyand#8217;s time on the trail was hardly lonely. We travel with him as he encounters Indians, U.S. soldiers, Mexicans, freed slaves, and cowboys working other drives. He and other crew membersand#151;including womenand#151;battle hunger, thirst, illness, discomfort, and pain. Cowboys quarrel and play practical jokes on each other and, at night, sing songs around the campfire.

David Daryand#8217;s thorough introduction and footnotes place the journal in historical context.

Synopsis:

We travel with Bailey as he encounters Indians, U.S. soldiers, Mexicans, freed slaves, and cowboys working other drives. The journal contains surprises for readers steeped in romantic cowboy lore and cattle drive legend. Baileyandrsquo;s time on the trail was hardly lonely, and crews included African Americans and, at least on the early drives, women and children.

Synopsis:

In this earliest known day-by-day journal of a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas, Jack Bailey, a North Texas farmer, describes what it was like to live and work as a cowboy in the southern plains just after the Civil War. David Dary's introduction and notes place the journal in historical context, and it includes 13 b&w illustrations and 2 maps.

About the Author

Jack Bailey was most likely John W. Bailey (b. 1831), a farmer from Jack County, Texas.

Charles P. Schroeder is Executive Director of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806137377
Subtitle:
Up the Trail to Kansas in 1868
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Editor:
Dary, David
Author:
Schroeder, Charles P.
Author:
Dary, David
Author:
Bailey, Jack
Subject:
Cowboys
Subject:
Ranch life
Subject:
Farmers & Ranchers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Cowboys -- Texas.
Subject:
Kansas Description and travel.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Farmers and Ranchers
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Western Legacies Series
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20140612
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 b&w illus., 2 maps
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.86x5.20x.69 in. .61 lbs.

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

Western Legacies #3: A Texas Cowboy's Journal: Up the Trail to Kansas in 1868
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We travel with Bailey as he encounters Indians, U.S. soldiers, Mexicans, freed slaves, and cowboys working other drives. The journal contains surprises for readers steeped in romantic cowboy lore and cattle drive legend. Baileyandrsquo;s time on the trail was hardly lonely, and crews included African Americans and, at least on the early drives, women and children.
"Synopsis" by , In this earliest known day-by-day journal of a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas, Jack Bailey, a North Texas farmer, describes what it was like to live and work as a cowboy in the southern plains just after the Civil War. David Dary's introduction and notes place the journal in historical context, and it includes 13 b&w illustrations and 2 maps.
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