Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857. 12mo. 482 pp. Half-morocco over cloth, spine in compartments with gilt author, title and date; overall a superb copy. Item #16880
First edition of this detailed narrative of Indian warfare. The author accounts his experiences in the West, which began in 1829, when as a young lieutenant he served on a military escort commanded by Major Bennett Riley to guard the Santa Fe traders from depredations. He later served at Fort Atkinson, and in 1845 led an escort for emigrants from Fort Leavenworth to Oregon, returning via Bent’s Fort, at which point the narrative ends. Cooke was apparently engaged in several battles with the Camanches and Sads and Foxes during his travels with the 2nd Dragoons. In addition, he provides fascinating and in-depth accounts of other plains explorers, including Walker, Fitzpatrick and Hugh Glass.