Frémont, Pathmarker of the West

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XXXVII
Some New Light on Frémont

Ancestry and Birth

Two bits of evidence indicate that Charles Frémon was an excellent French teacher. Samuel Mordecai, in "Richmond in Bygone Days: Being Reminiscences of an Oldtime Citizen" ( 1856), states that early in the century a large brick building on Carey Street was occupied by Haller's Academy, a private school. Haller was a Swiss or German of a little learning and a good deal of address and pretension. But "he also had judgment enough to enable him to select good teachers. Among these was Mons. Frémont, the father of Col. Frémont, of Pacific and warlike celebrity." The civil engineer R. B. Osborne, in his life of Moncure Robinson, privately printed in 1889 and later republished in the William and Mary College Quarterly for 1921, writes that Robinson, by studying under Frémon at William and Mary, gained a "remarkably perfect" knowledge of French.

Frémont's birthplace in Savannah is preserved and still shown to visitors. It is a two-story and basement house, rectangular, of solid brick construction, with a door and a fulllength French window on the first floor, two windows on the second.


The Third Expedition and the Bear Flag War

The New York Herald gave a good deal of attention to the start of Frémont's Third Expedition. It carried a front-page article and map on October 19, 1845, followed by articles on October 26 and November 2 of that year. While these contain no new information, they indicate that Frémont already had a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • I- Charleston Boyhood 1
  • II- An Explorer''s Training 19
  • III- First View of the Great West 29
  • IV- Washington Courtship 46
  • V- A Runaway Marriage 60
  • Vl the Stakes of the West 72
  • VII- The First Expedition 89
  • IX- The First Report 116
  • X- The Second Expedition- Outward Bound 127
  • XI- Over the Winter Sierras 147
  • Xll Sutter''s Fort and California 161
  • Xlll Homeward over the Rockies 175
  • XIV- Washington Expansionists and the Far West 190
  • XV- The Third Expedition 206
  • XVI- A Clash with Californians 217
  • XVII- The Message from Gillespie 234
  • XVIII- The Bear Flag Outbreak 253
  • XIX- The California Battalion 287
  • XX- The Quarrel with Kearny 305
  • XXI- A Famous Court-Martial 327
  • XXII- Starvation and Cannibalism 343
  • XXIII- Golconda and the Senate 373
  • XXIV- Managing the Mariposas 393
  • XXV- The Fifth Expedition 408
  • XXVI- The Republican Nomination 421
  • XXVII- The Campaign of 1856 439
  • XXVIII- New Mariposa Troubles 459
  • XXIX- Civil War in the West 473
  • XXX- Frémont vs. Blair and Lincoln 503
  • XXXI- The End of the "Hundred Days" 529
  • XXXII- The Mountain Department 550
  • XXXIII 564
  • XXXIV- A Financial Debacle 583
  • XXXV- Poverty and Labor 602
  • XXXVI- Character and Fame 612
  • XXXVII - Some New Light on Frémont 623
  • Appendix I- Frémont''s Children 663
  • Bibliographical Note 671
  • Index 675
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