William H. Emory, a West Point graduate, served with the Topographical Engineers surveying the northeast boundary between the U.S. and Canada. At the outbreak of the Mexican War he was made chief engineer of the Army of the West. In June 1846, General Stephen W. Kearny started his march from Missouri towards California and Emory was sent along to survey and map the territory through which they marched. Upon his return to the East, Emory issued his Notes of a Military Reconnaissance. Emory's account described not just the military events, but also described the natural history and cultural artifacts, and it included some fine views and excellent maps. The views, drawn by John Mix Stanley, provide excellent documentation of the newly acquired territories of the United States.
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