Reports of the Secretary of War, with reconnaissances of routes from San Antonio to El Paso, by Brevet Lt. Col. J. E. Johnston; Lieutenant W. F. Smith; Lieutenant F. T. Bryan; Lieutenant N. H. Michler; and Captain S. G. French, of Q'rmaster's De

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Author: Johnston, Joseph Eggleston (1807-1891) etal

Year: 1850

Publisher: Printed at the Union Office

Place: Washington, DC


[1-2] 3-250 pages with 2 lithograph maps, 72 lithograph plates after the artwork of Richard Kern (32 in full color or on tinted grounds, 3 folded); Plates 2, 21, and 39 never issued; Plates 65-67 printed by Ackerman, the balance by Duval. Octavo (9" x 5 1/2")bound in half leather with gilt lettering to spine over marbled boards. 1st session, Senate Ex. Doc. 64). (Garrett & Goodwin, Mexican-American War, pages 298-299. Goetzmann & Goetzmann, The West of the Imagination, pages 103-105. Graff 2228 (see also 3789). Howes J170 (see also S498). Laird, Hopi Bibliography 2407) First Edition.

This collection of reports and surveys was important for West Texas and New Mexico in facilitating travel, emigration, military pursuits, and the tsunami of Forty-Niners. The Simpson report within the larger report is one of the first thorough surveys in New Mexico. The archaeological results of Simpson’s report are best assessed by William H. Goetzmann as “the major archaeological endeavor undertaken in the Southwest before the days of William Henry Jackson and W.H. Holmes. No serious student of these sites can afford to neglect Simpson’s pioneer report even in the present day” (Exploration and Empire). Complementing Simpson’s text are the many handsome and exotic plates.

Maps Reconnoissances of Routes from San Antonio de Bexar to El Paso del Norte; && by Bvt. Lt. Col. J.E. Johnston, T. Engrs. Lt. W.F. Smith, F.T. Bryan, Lt. N.H. Michler, 1849. Including the Reconnoissance of Lt. W.H.C. Whiting, U.S. Engr. 1849 [below scale at lower left] P.S. Duval’s Lith. Steam Press Phila. [above margin top right] Senate Ex. doc. 1st. Sess. 31st. Cong. No. 64. Lithograph map with two routes marked in red and dark blue. Neat line to neat line: 62 x 91.5 cm. Shows proposed and existing routes of travel taken by military expeditions across Texas along the Rio Grande, Pecos, and other rivers, between El Paso and San Antonio, between San Antonio and the Red River, between Corpus Christi and San Antonio, and near the Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River; Indian trails, military posts, and water resources. Map of the Route Pursued in 1849 by the U.S. Troops Under the Command of Bvt. Lieut. Col. Jno. M. Washington, Governor of New Mexico, in an Expedition Against the Navajo Indians. By James H. Simpson, 1st. Lieut. T. Engrs. Assisted by Mr. Edward M. Kern. Constructed under the general orders of Col. J.J. Abert, Chief Topl. Engrs. Drawn by Edward M. Kern. Santa Fe, N.M. 1849. [scale] P.S. Duval’s Steam Lith. Press, Philada. Notes. For some of the data in reference to the portion of the map along the Rio Grande... [table at lower right] Table of Distances, with Remarks in Relation to the Route....Senate Ex. doc. 1st. Sess. 31st. Cong. No. 64.Lithograph map with route of map traced in red. Neat line to neat line: 51.2 x 71 cm. Shows route of the troops, their camps, and Indian pueblos, with notes on the map describing conditions along the trail; camp sites indicated by numbers and star symbols determined by astronomical observations.


Rebound, some occasional foxing, closed tear to map else a very good copy.

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