A first hand account of the days of the Great Cattle Trails
The term 'cowboy' has become emblematic of all that is evocative of the 'frontier America' of the nineteenth century. Yet the real cowboys were actually a select group whose unglamorous task it was to move the great herds of cattle from their grazing ranges to the rail-heads and tables of a hungry and ever growing population. They endured rough country, all the weather that nature could hurl at them and the danger of attack by bandits and Indians. This book was written by one of their number and within its pages he has brought to life the days of the Wild West and the great cattle drives. Displaced from their Georgia home after the Civil War the author's family moved to Texas and so began this cowboy's intimate acquaintance with moving beef on the hoof along the long, dangerous and dusty trail to the north. The adventures, sights and experiences of this vanished way of life make essential and vital reading for all those fascinated by the great days of the early frontier. Available in softcover and hardcover with dust jacket.