James W. Abert (1820-1897). Abert was a West Point graduate and a classmate of Ulysses S. Grant. He was part of the U.S. Army Topographical Engineers. Abert explored the Canadian River region, which includes Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. He started as part of the third expedition of John Charles Fremont but was then given orders to explore the Canadian River region. While doing this he kept notes in a journal of the landscape, flora, and fauna, the Native Americans and their culture. Abert later taught at West Point from 1848 to 1850, then during the Civil War, he campaigned in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1864, he resigned from the army and became a patent examiner. Later he taught English literature at the University of Missouri.
John Gavin. California historian, translator, and editor.
The book was designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy for John Howell- Books. They printed 5000 copies. It is approximately 77 pages in length. There is a four page preface by John Galvin.
It is divided into twenty-one sections. Some of the topics touched upon are Bent’s Fort, the Purgatory, Santa Fe Trail, Grand Canyon of the Canadian, petrified trees, Washita, Fort Gibson and a buffalo chase. Abert also remarks about the Indian tribes including the Cheyennes, Delawares, Apaches, Kioways, and Creeks. It contains two maps and twenty-six pages of colored plates. There is a glossary, references and index.