Whither Thou Goest

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The true story of two long-lost pioneers whose dream wouldn't die, and how their family found them more than a century later.

Whither Thou Goest is the first nonfiction book to focus on this little-known period in American history of 1878, when the world was in the depths of depression like none before. In two parallel journeys that take place in the past and the present, Whither Thou Goest attempts to make people long gone to come back alive. ...

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Overview

The true story of two long-lost pioneers whose dream wouldn't die, and how their family found them more than a century later.

Whither Thou Goest is the first nonfiction book to focus on this little-known period in American history of 1878, when the world was in the depths of depression like none before. In two parallel journeys that take place in the past and the present, Whither Thou Goest attempts to make people long gone to come back alive. It examines who we are, where we've been, and has everything to do with where we are going.

The first journey started in 1878. The author's great-grandaunt and uncle-pioneers Mary Jane and Theo Beardsley-left their small-town home in upstate New York with their two young daughters, Eva and Frankie, and followed their dream of a new life in the American West. Swallowed up by time, they became forgotten by all they knew back East. All-that is-but one.

The second journey started in 1996. By chance, the author learned that Frankie's family home was now an Oregon museum. He discovered a small diary kept by Eva-a bare-boned chronicle of their journey west. The inspired author and his wife decided to follow their trail across America and learn all they could about 1878 America and his relatives, living and dead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595175055
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Epigraph xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction xv
Prologue: The Diary xxii
Book I. In the Beginning 1
Part I. Wells Bridge: 1800-1861 3
1. A Leap of Faith 5
2. Before Mr. Lincoln's War 11
Part II. The Civil War: 1861-1865 17
1. Private Lewis 19
2. The Battle of South Mills 22
3. The Battle of South Mountain 28
4. Wounded 33
5. Leaving Home 38
6. Missing the Riots 44
7. Horror at Wilderness and Spotsylvania 47
8. The Battle of North Anna River 53
9. Shot in the Legs 61
Part III. Wells Bridge: 1865-1877 69
1. The Coming of the Railroad 71
2. A Time of Change 76
3. The Call of the West 83
4. Reconnaissance 87
5. Grasshoppers 92
6. Dakota Soil 99
7. A Done Deed 104
Part IV. Wells Bridge: 1996 107
1. Delays 109
2. Battlefields 112
3. Sand Hill 118
Book II. Starting Out 123
Part V. Dakota: 1878 125
1. The Trip West 127
2. Home in Dakota 133
3. Disillusionment 139
4. Moving On 146
Part VI. Dakota: 1996 149
1. The Town that Moved 151
2. Maurice 159
Book III. On the Move 163
Part VII. Canton to Yankton: May 1878 165
1. On the Move Again 167
2. Canton 173
3. The Wagon Train 175
4. The Yankton Trail 182
5. "All Whites Must Die!" 185
Part VIII. Nebraska: June 1878 195
1. Paiutes and Bannocks Join Forces 197
2. Back Road Emigrants 202
3. Sarah Winnemucca: Indian Princess 211
4. Along the Great Platte 221
5. "Bring me Sarah's Head!" 233
6. On the Trail of the Overland Stage 238
7. The Bannock War Spreads North 270
8. The Lodgepole Creek Trail: Julesburg to Cheyenne 274
9. Alice Shows us the Way (1996) 292
Part IX. Wyoming: July 1878 299
1. General Howard Gives Pursuit 301
2. Into Thin Air: Cheyenne to Laramie 307
3. Betrayal and Flight 314
4. Following Phantoms: The Overland Trail 318
5. The First Interstate 350
Part X. Utah: Early August, 1878 363
1. This is the Place! 365
2. Around the Great Salt Lake 384
Part XI. Idaho and Oregon: Late August, 1878 407
1. Fear on the High Plains 409
2. We Follow the Kelton Road 423
3. "The Woods! The Woods!" 426
4. Return of the Hostiles 449
5. Hurrah for Oregon! 461
Book IV. Starting Over 485
Part XII. Washington Territory: Winter 1878 487
1. Summing up the War 489
2. Forts Walla Walla 495
3. Doctor Baker's Railroad 499
4. Rosalia 502
5. I Won't be Home for Christmas 506
6. The Dreamer Dies, but not the Dream 510
Part XIII. Oregon: 1878--1925 517
1. Family Matters 519
2. An Old Soldier and His Memories 527
3. Founding Milton 540
4. Fading Voices 550
5. The New Pioneers 557
6. End of a Generation 562
Part XIV. Milton-Freewater: 1996 567
1. Diane and Gwen 569
2. The Cross 572
3. A Grand Tour 577
4. Dick and Louise 584
5. The Historical Frazier Farmstead 587
Part XV. Washington and Oregon: 1996 591
1. The Road to Rosalia 593
2. The Battle of Te-hots-mim-me 596
3. The Heppner Flood 603
4. Roseburg 619
5. Ambassadors of Sympathy 622
Epilogue 627
About the Author 633
Bibliography 635
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