Baltimore, Maryland: Wirth Brothers, 1940. First Edition. Softcover. 8vo. (10 in. x 6 1/2 in.) Staplebound pamphlet. Stain, sunning and sticker-scar to front panel. Frontis portrait of Mr. Wilson, from a miniature on ivory. Illustrated with photographs on glossy paper. Unpaginated.
These letters cover Peter Wilson's enlistment as Second Lieutenant, Corps of Artillery, from August 13, 1819 to the date of his honorable discharge, June 1, 1821.
"...authentic account of the background of a man who served his country in the Army, in his private capacity as an explorer of the little known Southwest and as one who served the Government among the Indians of the Upper Missouri River faithfully until his death. His letters speak of the privation and dangers surrounding him in the Indian Country and efore his work was finished, he contracted a sickness among the Mandans in Dakota Land from which he never recovered, and died at the age of 29..." (from Usher Burdick's Introduction). Very Good Minus. Item #85295