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The Last Camel Charge
Author: Forrest Bryant Johnson

ISBN: 9780425245699
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 365
Published: 3 April 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.114 x 16.256 x 4.064
Description:
In the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S. Army would employ a weapon that had never before been seen on its native soil. From the Middle East came a cavalry mount that would fare better than both mules and horses in the American South-west. 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 one of America's great military experiments, and a nearly forgotten chapter of Americana.

The Last Camel Charge is the first book to tell the complete story and document in detail the military's experiment with camels. At the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, a need emerged for control of-and transportation through-the country's vast new western territories. The hostile environment proved a challenge to the Army's traditional mounts, and in a radical move, the War Department ordered a Navy ship and its captain to the Mid-East to purchase camels and deliver them to an Army post in Texas.

The mission brought together an extraordinary group of people: innovative rancher Samuel A. Bishop, whose desperation over the Mojave gave...

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