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The Life of Kit Carson

Edward Sylvester Ellis

Book Overview: 

Christopher Carson, or as he was familiarly called, Kit Carson, was a man whose real worth was understood only by those with whom he was associated or who closely studied his character. He was more than hunter, trapper, guide, Indian agent and Colonel in the United States Army

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .engaged in trading and trapping as opportunity offered. They affiliated at once, for there is something in the presence of a common danger which draws men closely together.

The weather became very cold and snow began to fall. It was decided, therefore, to go into winter quarters near the mouth of Winty River. There they erected skin lodges, such as are used by many tribes of American Indians, and were content to wait the coming of spring.

The skill and address of Carson seemed to create a call for his services, no matter where he happened to be, and it was not long before he became involved in a most remarkable adventure.

Among the employees of the other party, was a shrewd civilized Indian, who was held in high regard by the whites on account of his native keenness, and who stood well in the confidence of his employer; but one day he disappeared, simultaneously with several of the very best horses. The circumstances were such that there c. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The United States has more than its share of folk heroes and Kit Carson was one of these. Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson (1809-1868) was a frontiersman, Indian fighter, explorer, hunter and trapper. He roamed all over the middle and western territories of the United States. As with most of these m

Interesting brief account of an authentic piece of history. Not well written.

I believe that the author could have been much more selective of the material. Very brief even where he should have spent some time. Overall very interesting.

Educational and entertaining

This book will take you back to a times almost forgotten by most except for a footnote in history. This book tells the true story of a most special man, who without formal education conquered the west by his intelligence, honesty, friendliness and most of all fairness rar