Frontiersman: Abner Blackburn's Narrative

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Library Journal
This is a superbly edited account of a pioneer's adventures during his seven trips across the Great Plains between 1843 and 1851 and his experiences in the early Mormon Church and the Mexican War. Bagley has taken Blackburn's diary covering the 21-year period from 1830 to 1851, divided it into ten chapters, and given each a substantial introduction. His preface, afterword, epilog, appendixes, and extensive bibliography combine with the historical document to make this a very credible work. Punctuation and spelling have been improved for the sake of clarity, but the original flavor of this simple, honest pioneer's account has been maintained. In an 1894 letter to his niece, Blackburn remarks that he is ``awaiting to find some suitable scholar to assist me with the preparing it in shape.'' His wait may seem overly long, but he would have been pleased with the results.-- Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North H.S. Lib., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874804010
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1992
  • Series: American West Ser.
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps and Photographs
Introduction 1
1 To Catch Up with the Wildman 8
2 Always Wishing to Go West 19
3 Good-bye Vain World 28
4 A Home in the Far West 51
5 Lou Devon's Narrative 67
6 The Biggest Torn Fool Errant Ever Known 95
7 No Rest for Me 121
8 Gold Is Where You Find It 132
9 We Missed the Great Bonanza 151
10 Indian Wars of which I Have Had a Sad Experience 176
Afterward: To Lay My Bones to Rest 195
Epilogue: An Account of My Past Misdeeds 225
App. A. Abner Blackburn to "Niece," 17 April 1894 242
App. B. Abner Blackburn to Spencer Clawson, 7 May 1897 245
App. C. Documents Related to the 1847 Return to Utah 247
App. D. Supporting Accounts of the 1848 Salt Lake to Winter Quarters Trip 255
App. E. "The First in Nevada": The Bancroft-Beatie 1884 Interview 261
App. F. Accounts of the Death of Anthony Blackburn 266
Sources 271
Index 293
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