Reports of explorations and surveys : to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean / made under the direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-[6].

United States. War Dept.
Washington : A.O.P. Nicholson printer, 1855-60.
12 v. in 13. : plates (part col., part fold.) maps (part fold.) ; 30 x 24 cm.
Pacific railroads -- Explorations and surveys.
Natural history -- West (U.S.)
Indians of North America -- West (U.S.)
Pacific railroads -- Exploration and surveys.
Natural history -- West (U.S.
Indians of North America -- West (U.S.
Geology -- West (U.S.)
Paleontology -- West (U.S.)
Zoology -- West (U.S.)
Birds -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- Description & travel.
United States -- Exploring expeditions.
United States -- Exploring Expeditions.
I. Introduction. Route near the 47th and 49th parallels.
II. Routes near 38th and 39th, 41st, and 32nd parallels. Lander's report.
III-IV. Route near the 35th parallel.
V. Routes in California to connect with those near the 35th and 32nd parallels.
VI. Routes in Oregon and California.
VII. Route in California to connect with those near the 35th and 32nd parallels. Route between the Rio Grande and Pimas villages.
VIII. Mammals of the several routes.
IX. Birds of the several routes.
X. Reptiles and fishes of the several routes; zoological reports on routes near 38th and 39th, 41st, 35th and 32d parallels; on routes in California to connect with those near 35th and 32d parallels; reptiles of routes in California and Oregon.
XI. Material used and methods employed in compiling the general map. Topographical maps, etc.
XII. Route near the 47th and 49th parallels (concluded).
Vols. I-XI were issued in the Congressional series of U.S. public documents as 33d Cong., 2d sess. House ex. doc. 91, and also as senate ex. doc. 78. Vol. XI was issued also (1861) as 36th Cong., 2d sess. Senate ex. doc. [no number].
Printers varies.
Supplement to vol. I (the material of which was published also in vol. XII, book I and book II) was issued in at least three forms: Supplement to vol. I, 1859, W. A. Harris, printer, as 35th Cong., 2d sess. Senate ex. doc. 46--Vol. XII, book I-II, 1860, T. H. Ford, printer, as 36th Cong., 1st sess. House ex. doc. 56, and Senate ex. doc. [no number].
The reports of the Pacific railroad surveys were prepared under the direct supervision of the Engineer department. The volumes dealing with the soil, climate, geology, botany and zoology of the regions surveyed were edited and revised by Professors Henry and Baird, of the Smithsonian institution. cf. Ingersoll, Hist. of the War department, 1879, p. 292-293.
For further information concerning the publication of the work and a list of serial numbers assigned to the volumes in the Congressional series of documents, see Checklist of United States public documents. 1911. p. 1274-1275.
For contents, see LC basic 154:635.
Local notes:
In both Dechert and RBC copies v. XII, pts. 1-2 are issued as House Ex. Doc. 56 (Washington, 1860).
Volume 4 of the RBC copy has a ms. note recording the gift of the volume to the Presbyterian minister S.W. Crawford (1796-1876) "To Rev. S.W. Crawford with compliments of his friend D.F. Oldison[?] Chambersburg March 4th AD 1858"
Penn Provenance:
Dechert, Robert (donor)(Dechert copy)
Crawford, S.W., 1796-1876 (inscription)(RBC copy)
Penn Chronology:
Cited in:
Wagner-Camp, p. 330f. (esp. p. 332 suprs.)
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878.
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Dechert Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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