ARMY & NAVY: Jeff Davis' Dromedaries

Everyone knows that Jefferson Davis was President of the Confederate States. Few recall that previously he was Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Franklin Pierce. Few Northerners realize he was an active visionary, a man unafraid to try to make his dreams come true. Still fewer people now alive remember the U. S. Army's curious Dromedary Episode, started by Jefferson Davis and last week still unended.

Secretary of War Davis was fascinated by what he heard of the great deserts in New Mexico, Arizona and southern California. In 1853, stagecoach...

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