By Virginia Reed Murphy
This tragic tale of Virginia Reed?s trip west is informed via her memoirs of the twelve-year-old lady, with supplementary bills in accordance with her father's letters and the diary of one other visitor. Given the delicate nature of features of the adventure, younger readers will locate the historical past notes and explanatory reviews beneficial. Maps and various reproductions integrated.
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59 Bibliography Burns, Ric. ” American Heritage, (May/June, 1993): 60-66. Hill, William E. The Oregon Trail: Yesterday and Today. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1987. Lewis, Oscar. Sutter's Fort: Gateway to the Gold Fields. Englewood Cliffs, N. : PrenticeHall, 1966. McGlashan, Charles Fayette. History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierras. : Crowley & McGlashan, 1879. Merryman, J. H. ” Illinois Journal (December 9, 1847): 1. Murphy, Virginia Reed. ” Century Magazine (Vol. XLII, 1891).
They are unable to get through the snow and return to camp. Late November James Smith dies. This is the first death at Alder Creek. ” January 18, 1847 15 members of the wagon train, put on snowshoes and start out for Sutter's Fort. Baylis Williams dies. This is the first death at Donner Lake. December 25 Mrs. Reed brings out scraps of food hidden away for many weeks for a special Christmas dinner. January 4-8, 1847 Mrs. Reed attempts to cross the summit with Virginia, the hired girl Eliza, and Milt Elliott in order to get food for her children.
November 25 Cloudy. Looks like the eve of a storm. Our mountaineers intend trying to cross the summit tomorrow if weather permits, without mules. Froze hard last night. November 26 It began to snow yesterday in the evening. Now it rains or sleets. Wet and muddy. The mountaineers didn't start today. November 27 Continues to snow. Dull prospects for crossing the mountains. November 28 Snowing fast. November 29 Still snowing, Now about three feet deep. Hard to get wood. November 30 Snowing fast, looks likely to continue.