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Russell, Samuel (1835-1896) to his mother and sisters

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05493.01 Author/Creator: Russell, Samuel (1835-1896) Place Written: Wyoming Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 June 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written while at a stop near Devils Gate while traveling east to Bluff City, Tennessee from Utah with a wagon train. Discusses various aspects of travel, camp, and life on the trail. Describes the perils of river crossings, particularly the crossing of Hams Fork. Mentions that there are many emigrants on the trail, reading papers a few months old, and his inability to sell any tans.

People: Russell, Samuel

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Mormons, Westward Expansion, Religion, Frontiers and Exploration, Immigration and Migration

Sub Era: Development of the West The American Civil War