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Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life of a New England Woman, Second Edition (Paperback)
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Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life of a New England Woman, Second Edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 382 Pages / Published: 01/03/2014
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When Martha Summerhayes (1844-1926) came as a bride to Fort Russell in Wyoming Territory in 1874, she "saw not much in those first few days besides bright buttons, blue uniforms, and shining swords," but soon enough the hard facts of army life began to intrude. Remonstrating with her husband, Jack Wyder Summerhayes, that she had only three rooms and a kitchen instead of "a whole house," she was informed that "women are not reckoned in at all in the War Department."
Although Martha Summerhayes's recollections span a quarter of a century and recount life at a dozen army posts, the heart of this book concerns her experiences during the 1870s in Arizona, where the harsh climate, rattlesnakes, cactus thorns, white desperadoes, and other inconveniences all made for a less-than-desirable posting for the Summerhayeses.
First printed in 1908, Vanished Arizona is Summerhayes's memoir of her years as a military wife as her husband's Eighth Regiment conducted Gen. George Crook's expedition against the Apaches. It was so well received that she became an instant celebrity and the book a timeless classic. The book retains its place securely among the essential primary records of the frontier-military West because of the narrative skill of the author and her delight in life.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803248687
Number of pages: 382
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 23 mm
Edition: new edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Written by the wife of an Army officer stationed in Arizona from 1874 to 1878, Vanished Arizona provides a clear picture of life on the frontier and the hardships faced by both the men and the women."-True West

-- Shelly Dudley * True West *
"Vanished Arizona is a classic and highly recommended to all those readers-even those keeping drug stores-who want to learn more about the distaff side of Army life during the late nineteenth century."-Roger D. Cunningham, Journal of America's Military Past -- Roger D. Cunningham * Journal of America's Military Past *

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