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Greenhorn
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I have read:

The Journal of a Trapper by Osbourne Russell
The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman
The Mountain Men by George Laycock
Captain Bonneville by Washington Irving
Woodcraft by G.W. Sears
...and a few others.

Does anyone have any suggestions on similar books, or books about general Backwoodsman times, histories, etc. that they would like to share? Thanks.


"...having Providence for their founder and Nature for shepherd, gardener, and historian."
 
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Booshway
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Life in the far west.....and Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky mountains...both by George Ruxton.
Wah-to-yah and the Taos trail...by lewis Garrard.
All three are my favorites for reading about the fur trade.
Andy


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Greenhorn
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Thanks! I will look them up!


"...having Providence for their founder and Nature for shepherd, gardener, and historian."
 
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Graybeard
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Patrick, try Journal of a Mountain Man, Forty Years A Trader On The Upper Missouri, and the DVD's Challenge of the Trail, and Dress And Equipage Of The Mountain Man both by Jeff Hengesbaugh and Wes Housler.


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Scarhand

Thanks! I will look those up!


"...having Providence for their founder and Nature for shepherd, gardener, and historian."
 
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Graybeard
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Your Welcome. Smiler

By the way, I forgot to mention the Mark Baker videos The Long Hunter Series too. Wrong era, but some helpful information.


Scarhand
 
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Booshway
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you can get several RMFT era journals and more on this site for free:
http://www.xmission.com/~drudy/amm.html

Also check Google Books and Archive.org - on both here are lots of fur trade journals and more - use fur trade ss a search term


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Hivernant
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Good post, Chuck.
 
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Greenhorn
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Gone for Soldiers (Mexican War)
Gods and Generals (Early CW)
Killer Angles (Gettysburg)
Last Full Measure (To end of CW)


Families sleep peaceably in their beds at night as there are rough men about who will do violence in their behalf.
 
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Greenhorn
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"Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard"
"Life in the Rocky Mountains" - Ferris
 
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Free Trapper
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"A Sorrow in Our Hearts", and "Dark and Bloody River" by Allen Eckhart.
The Titus Bass Trilogy, by Terry Johnson
"Daniel Boone" by Ted Franklin Belue


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Booshway
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I go back to "Seedtime on the Cumberland" time and again to get insight into the times.
 
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Factor
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Two of the best that I've read in the past few years are: "Undaunted Courage" and "1776".


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Greenhorn
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The Nez Perce and the opening of the northwest.
The journals of Peter Ogden. My life on the prairie by George Armstrong Custer.
 
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Hivernant
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I have shelves of mountain man era books and most are superb reads. I'm currently wrapping up one on john colter (for about the third time)
and as hanshi said, undaunted courage is awesome.

but when asked I will always go with journal of a trapper by osbourne russell as THE best of all.
 
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Greenhorn
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The Alan Eckert series of books...Narratives of America.
 
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Factor
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Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts (also wrote Northwest Passage) . I don't just like it because it's about a loyalist (go figure)..., I liked it as it was published in the year prior to WWII and he did a very good job in getting the reader to be on the side of the main character just as America was getting ready to go to war, and while Europe had already begun WWII. That's not an easy thing to do in such times.

LD


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Booshway
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Journal of a trapper by Osborn Russell
A Majority of Scoundrels by Don Berry
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous by Fred Gowens
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.

Too many to list, and none of them are fiction novels.
 
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Factor
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I just read A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.
León


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Booshway
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Three Roads to the Alamo, by Davis , and Fort Robinson by Chandler. Davis's book covers the careers of Crockett, Travis, and Bowie. Fort Robinson is about F&I War era Pennsylvania, seen from both Scot-Irish and Delaware Indian viewpoints.


Here's a health to the King and a lasting Peace. May Faction end and Wealth increase....Old Loyalist Ballad
 
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