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Reed Anthony, Cowman

Andy Adams

Book Overview: 

Adams breathes life into the story of a Texas cowboy who becomes a wealthy and influential cattleman.. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Reconstruction government of the State. My old crony pleaded with me to have nothing to do with the job, offering to share his last crust with me; but then he had not had all the animosities of the war roughed out of him, and I had. I would work for a Federal as soon as any one else, provided he paid me the promised wage, and, giving rein to my impulse, I made application at the dredging headquarters and was put in charge of a squad of negroes.

I was to have sixty dollars a month and board. The company operated a commissary store, a regular "pluck-me" concern, and I shortly understood the incentive in offering me such good wages. All employees were encouraged and expected to draw their pay in supplies, which were sold at treble their actual value from the commissary. I had been raised among negroes, knew how to humor and handle them, the work was easy, and I drifted along with all my faculties alert. Before long I saw that the improvement of the rive. . . Read More

Community Reviews

[Virginia: Shenandoah Valley; Civil War: Pennsylvania, Tennessee; Kansas: Abilene, Dodge City, Fort Larned, Wichita; Texas: Anthony Ranch west of Fort Worth on the Brazos River; Fort Griffin; Fort Smith; Fort Belknap; Austin, Chisholm Trail; Colorado; Wyoming; Montana]

This novel reads like an autobiography and I wouldn't have known that it wasn't without the help of internet. Reed Anthony was born in Virginia in 1840 and served his home state during the Civil War. After the war he migrates to Texas and starts the life of a cowboy, herding cattle to rail heads for

An interesting read about the beginnings of the cattle industry in Texas. Especially because of the nearness of this autobiography to where I live.

I found this story to be quite interesting, but I can understand why some find it tedious. We follow the life of a young continental soldier, wounded, then assigned to help take care of the army’s cattle. From there on he takes us through year after year of learning the cattle business, driving the

Even in the late 1800s, systems were already in place leading to situations we have now.

An AA. Western Action Adventure (RAC)

AA. has penned a western action adventure which begins in the Civil War when a young soUthern not is assigned to the infantry, is wounded three times, finally ends up assigned to the purchasing and movement of cattle. He expands his horizons and become the cattle

Not a book for everyone.

Both books are about the cattle drives from Texas to the north, as far as the Dakotas. The competition for government contracts to supply the army and the reservations, becomes bitter when speculators, with Washington's corrupt element decide, to vie for the money. I found th