Author: Cooke, Phillip St. George
Title: The Conquest of New Mexico and California; An Historical and Personal Narrative
Place Published: New York
Publisher:G.P. Putnam Sons
Date Published: 1878
[i-iii]-iv, ,  2-307 [1, blank] pp., Folding map. (12mo) 19 x 13.5 cm (7½x5¼"), original green cloth, spine gilt lettered. First Edition.
Kearny ordered Cooke to open a wagon route to the Pacific by the Gila Route, involving a 1,100 mile march through unknown wilderness without a road or trail. The Mormon Battalion’s March is one of the legendary events of the Mexican-American War. They were instrumental in establishing control of California and frustrating Frémont’s designs. Several of their number became prominent California citizens.
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Cooke (1809-1895), a career military officer was famously the father-in-law of Confederate cavalry commander J. E. B. Stuart, who once humiliated him during the Civil War and basically ended his career as a field officer.