Kit Carson as remembered by Sherman


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4v50 Gary
October 19, 2003, 10:20 AM
From Sherman's memoirs (page 70-71):

"I well remember the first overland mail. It was brought by Kit Carson in saddle-bags from Taos in New Mexico. We heard of his arrival at Lost Angelese, and waited patiently for his arrival at headquarters. His fame then was at its height, from the publication of Fremont's books, and I was very anxious to see a man who had achieved such feats of daring among the wild animals of the Rocky Mountains, and still wilder Indians of the Plains. At last his arrival was reported at the tavern at Monterey, and I hurried to hunt him up. I cannot express my sruprise at beholding a small, stoop-shouldered man, with reddish hair, freckled face, soft blue eyes, and nothing to indicate extraordinary courage or daring. He spoke but little, answered questions in monosyllables. I asked for his mail, and he picked up his light saddle-bags containing the great overland mail, and we walked together to headquarters, where he delivered his parcel into Colonel Mason's own hands. He spent some days in Monterey, during which time we extracted with difficulty some items of his personal history. He was then by commission a lieutenant in the regiment of Mounted Rifles serving in Mexico under Colonel Sumner, and, as he could not reach his regiment from California, Colonel Mason ordered that for a time he should be assigned to duty with A. J. Smith's company, First Dragoons, at Lost Angeles. He remained at Los Angeles some months, and was then sent back to the United States with dispatches, traveling two thousand miles almost alone, in preference to being encumbered by a large party."

Modest and tough dude.

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444
October 19, 2003, 01:09 PM
It would make sense that a man who is willing to ride for 2000 miles by himself through the wilds probably isn't a talkative guy.

I recently bought the book: A Newer World : Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and The Claiming of the American West by David Roberts. Hopefully it will be a worthwhile read.

Who is Sherman ? William T. Sherman ?

4v50 Gary
October 19, 2003, 01:22 PM
Sorry. Sherman is William Tecumseh "War is Hell" Sherman who led his army of locust on the great picnic through Georgia.

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