Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Dangers of the Trail in 1865 A Narrative of Actual Events   By: (1846-)

Book cover

Dangers of the Trail in 1865 is an extraordinary piece of historical literature penned by Charles E. Young. Through his captivating narrative, Young transports readers back to a tumultuous era in American history, where dangers lurked at every corner amidst the chaos of the Civil War.

What sets this book apart is Young's meticulous attention to detail and his ability to bring the past to life. His descriptive prose, combined with his extensive research, allows readers to vividly imagine the perilous journey on the 1865 trail. Young masterfully captures the essence of the time, effectively portraying the characters, landscapes, and events that shaped this treacherous period in American history.

The book primarily focuses on the arduous journey of a group of pioneers as they navigate their way through the unforgiving terrain. Young's writing flawlessly captures the grit and determination of these individuals, as well as the hardships they endure along the way. From treacherous river crossings to encounters with hostile Native American tribes, every step of their journey is fraught with danger, making it impossible to put the book down.

Beyond its gripping storyline, Dangers of the Trail in 1865 also serves as an invaluable educational resource. Young's commitment to accuracy and his use of primary sources shine through, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the historical events portrayed. His attention to cultural nuances and the social dynamics of the time illuminates the complex tapestry of America during this tumultuous period.

One of the book's strengths lies in its ability to portray the multifaceted nature of the trail experience. While the dangers of the physical journey are evident, Young also delves into the emotional toll it exacts on the pioneers. Through his astute character development, he subtly explores the psychological impact of the journey, offering readers a holistic view of the challenges faced by these trailblazers.

If there is one minor drawback to the book, it would be the occasional slow pace that characterizes certain sections. While Young's attention to detail is commendable, there are moments where the narrative dips into unnecessary tangents and minutiae, detracting from the overall momentum. However, this is a small price to pay considering the rich historical context and engaging storytelling present throughout the rest of the book.

Overall, Dangers of the Trail in 1865 is a must-read for anyone with an interest in American history. Charles E. Young's masterful storytelling and meticulous research make this book a captivating journey through one of the most perilous periods in American history. By shedding light on the dangers faced by these trailblazers, their determination, and the era they lived in, Young ensures that their stories will never be forgotten.

First Page:

[Illustration: DANGERS OF THE TRAIL 1865]


IN 1865

A Narrative of Actual Events


GENEVA, N. Y. 1912


Press of W. F. Humphrey, Geneva, N. Y. H. DeF. Patterson, Illustrator, Geneva, N. Y.


I present this narrative of actual events on a trip across the plains to Denver, Colorado, in 1865 and of life in the Far West in the later sixties.

An interesting and valuable feature is a map of the country, made in 1865, by Henry Bowles of Boston, showing the old Platte River and Smoky Hill Trails of that day before there was a railroad west of the Missouri River.

Everything is told in a plain but truthful manner, and this little volume is submitted to the reader for approval or criticism.

CHAS. E. YOUNG July, 1912


CHAPTER I Young Man, Go West

CHAPTER II Arrival at Fort Carney

CHAPTER III An Attack by the Indians

CHAPTER IV Denver in 1865

CHAPTER V A Proof of Marksmanship

CHAPTER VI On to Leavenworth

CHAPTER VII A Plucky German

[Illustration: (decorative)]



[Illustration: E] Early in 1859 gold was discovered in Colorado, and Horace Greeley, the well known writer and a power throughout the country both before and during the Civil War, made, in the interest of the New York Tribune , of which he was editor, an overland trip to Denver by the first stage line run in that day... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books