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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.

About the Author

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

Award-winning writer David Dary is retired as head of what is now the Gaylord College of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma. He has published numerous articles on the Old West and the plains region and authored eighteen previous books, including Cowboy Culture, True Tales of the Prairies and Plains, and Frontier Medicine.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806146478
Author:
Bailey, Jack
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Schroeder, Charles P.
Author:
Dary, David
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
The Western Legacies Series
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 bandw illus., 2 maps
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 x 0.42 in 0.36 lb

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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.
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