By Amos Jay Cummings
In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil battle veteran and journalist for the recent York sunlight newspaper, set out on a westward trip aboard the newly accomplished transcontinental railroad. For it slow, miners, settlers, and marketers had already been heading west to make their fortunes, and Cummings made the journey partly to determine what the entire fuss was once approximately. in the course of his six-month day trip from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched outstanding and fascinating money owed of the yankee West again to his readers in big apple. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's photos of a land and its collection of characters not like something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep mogul who took Denver through hurricane, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who was once submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although at the present time he's almost unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings was once the most recognized newspapermen within the usa, partially due to tales like those. whole with a biographical caricature and ancient advent, A notable interest is an stress-free learn for anyone attracted to the yankee West within the latter 1/2 the 19th century.
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Blim! Blim! ’ “The shrieking of the shells as they swept over our heads was appalling. Suddenly, right in front, there was a flash all along the line. The Confederates were within thirty yards of us and had commenced firing. The rebel yell was still heard, but the column had lost its impetus. ’ “The order was heard by every man of the regiment. In a second everybody was on his feet. ’ “The regiment obeyed the orders as if on parade. “Then came, probably, the most singular command ever heard on a battle-field.
One example is the sixty-four-page pamphlet called “The Sun’s Greeley Campaign Songster,” published and distributed by the New York Sun in 1872 and authored by Amos. The pamphlet contained lyrics— most written by Cummings and often set to popular tunes of the day—that poked fun at “Useless” Grant, the Republican candidate for president of the United States, and supported Horace Greeley, the Democratic candidate (often referred to in song as “the farmer from Chappaqua”). Although the Sun had no love for Greeley or his rival newspaper, the New York Tribune, the Sun’s editorial staff and publisher always backed the Democratic Party.
There also are small numbers of published speeches and correspondence—even a menu—in a number of repositories, including the Library of Congress, University of California–Berkeley, Georgetown University, University of Nevada, New Jersey Historical Society, Radcliffe College, and Syracuse University. Other materials no doubt exist elsewhere. We still have much to learn from Amos Cummings. The World and the West in 1873 When Amos Cummings crossed the Mississippi River in 1873, he was entering a part of the United States that was a geographical mosaic of states and territories.
A Remarkable Curiosity: Dispatches from a New York City Journalist's 1873 Railroad Trip by Amos Jay Cummings