By Jack Bailey,David Dary,Charles P. Schroeder

In this earliest identified daily magazine of a livestock force from Texas to Kansas, Jack Bailey, a North Texas farmer, describes what it was once prefer to reside and paintings as a cowboy within the southern plains simply after the Civil conflict. We stick to Bailey because the force strikes northward into Kansas after which as his occasion returns to Texas via japanese Kansas, southwestern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas, and Indian Territory.

For readers steeped in romantic cowboy legend, the magazine comprises surprises. Bailey’s time at the path was once not often lonely. We go back and forth with him as he encounters Indians, U.S. squaddies, Mexicans, freed slaves, and cowboys operating different drives. He and different staff members—including women—battle starvation, thirst, affliction, pain, and soreness. Cowboys quarrel and play sensible jokes on one another and, at evening, sing songs round the campfire.

David Dary’s thorough advent and footnotes position the magazine in ancient context.

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