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In 1855 at the urging of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis the US Congress funded an unusual experiment the importation of camels in order to test their fitness for military purposes in the Southwest Camels it was presumed would fare much better than horses and mules in the desert’s punishing climate and terrain and theref.
read Uncle Sam's CamelsThe Journal of May Humphreys Stacey Supplemented by the Report of of Edward Fitzgerald Beale
Esley reproduces Stacey’s account as well as Lt Beale’s glowing report on the expedition in which he freuently comments on the camels’ remarkable endurance Originally published in 1929 Lesley’s study was one of the first to treat this curiosity in US military history and it remains the definitive text on the subject.
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Ore could be used to transport supplies to frontier forts uicklyLt Edward Fitzgerald Beale led the nation’s first and only “camel corps” expedition from Texas to California in 1857 Joining him was nineteen year old May Humphreys Stacey who kept a detailed journal of their harrowing adventures In Uncle Sam’s Camels L.