The Last Camel Charge: The Untold Story of America's Desert Military Experiment

The Last Camel Charge: The Untold Story of America's Desert Military Experiment

by Forrest Bryant Johnson


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“A fascinating story, telling aspects of the American West that most of us know little about.”—True West Magazine

In the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S. Army was on the verge of employing a weapon that had never before been seen on its native soil: a cavalry mount that would fare better than both mules and horses in the American Southwest...

Against the Mojave in the Arizona Territory, against the Mormons in Utah Territory, during the early stages of the Civil War, the camel would become part of military history and a nearly forgotten chapter of Americana.

This is the true story of that experiment and the extraordinary group of people who it brought together. The Last Camel Charge gives them their due as a vital piece of American history.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425253502
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 521,266
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Forrest Bryant Johnson was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville with degrees in chemistry and psychology before serving for nine years in the U.S. Army. He is also the author of Hour of Redemption and Phantom Warrior.

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“A fascinating portrait of the American West during its formative and most exciting period…Johnson reaches deep into the essence of how America came to be.”—Bevin Alexander, author of Sun Tzu at Gettysburg

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The Last Camel Charge: The Untold Story of America's Desert Military Experiment 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VGV More than 1 year ago
Every so often an author creates a sold book chock full of excitement, suspense and an almost romantic view of history. Books that come to mind are The Killer Angels and The Red Badge of Courage. What makes them classics is that they approach history from the personal touch, not from the historical. It would be wrong to classify The Last Camel Charge as mesmerizing, suspenseful, catastrophic or a page-tuner, a can't-put-it-down book. Better to let the reader immerse himself in something special, the love of men for camels, their entrance into the Southwest, their superiority over horses and mules, and their moment of greatness. Read The Last Camel Charge and all of these terms will present themselves. There will be but one sadness as you read it. That will come when the book is ended and there is finally no more to enjoy. Your adventure into history will have ended and there will be sorrow the Charge is done. And that is when you will again life Forrest Johnson's monumental work and read it again, for it is that kind of book.
Gregor1066 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding Book and Excellent Reading Format What more can be said about this book other than one should purchase it as soon as possible and read it. I found myself completely engrosed into the book, it characters and of course, the camels. This book contains information seldom taught or mentioned in our countires history. In addition, it shows just how the experiment in using camels in our American Southwest almost became a reality, if not for the Civil War. I would recommend this book to anyone, not only to those interested in Military History or Western History. I agree with the previous readers comments regarding the books attributes and its comparison to several of the hits in American Literature. The only problems I found with the book is that it came to an end AND it makes me want to go out and purchase a camel.