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By William Henry Corbusier

Military physician, ethnographer, and author William Henry Corbusier (1844–1930) witnessed the transformation of the U.S. from younger republic to international energy. In Soldier, physician, student, the retired military officer and physician recounts his stories, which come with a brand new York urban youth, youth in gold-rush California, and armed forces existence from the wilds of Arizona to the jungles of the occupied Philippines.In 1864, Corbusier joined the Union military as a freelance medical professional, serving within the cavalry brigade lower than common Benjamin Grierson. His memoir covers seventeen army assignments within the South, the Northeast, the good Lakes, and the yank West, in addition to excursions of responsibility within the Philippine Islands. Enthusiastically embracing those common relocations, Corbusier overjoyed in gazing frontier peoples and learning usual history.An ethnographer and ethnologist, Corbusier released stories of the languages and cultures of the Yavapai, the Sioux, and the Shoshoni. And his memoir files his observations on American Indian dances and ceremonies and his clinical therapy of favorite figures, equivalent to Sarah Winnemucca, crimson Cloud, and American Horse.An account mostly freed from self-promotion and editorializing, Corbusier’s memoir of his 8 a long time of frequent stories is an interesting paintings of amazing breadth. Corbusier’s spouse, Fanny, additionally recorded her memories (Fanny Dunbar Corbusier: Recollection of military existence within the Frontier West), and jointly, those spouse memoirs current a special view of frontier military lifestyles with unique viewpoints at the shared occasions of Fanny and William’s marriage, in addition to the separate themes that husband and spouse, respectively, deemed worthy recounting.

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No fence could keep her from roaming about at will, and I the jumped her over fences, ditches, logs and bushes, rode her up and down california gold fields flights of stairs—a dozen or more steps. No matter how far away she was and she heard my whistle, she would come running. Sometimes she would knock at my bedroom door at night and, knowing she wanted sugar or salt, I would get and give her some. She would then jump the fence and go off to graze again. I could guide her by my feet and hands, riding bareback, without bridle or hackamore.

The chief clerk—Mr. Butler—and I fitted up a large room in the third story of the brick building, which we reached by the freight elevator, which we raised by pulling on a large rope which ran over a huge wooden wheel.  per week, often having venison and other game. During the dull season I read much of the time, caring more for books than for money. I remained here about a year, and then, having written to my mother that I wished to go on with my education, she sent me money to go to Nyack. 11 It was one of a number of such schools along the Hudson River at that time in which boys were educated, pursuing the higher studies which prepared them for a college course or the study of a profession.

For a time my father kept the cows, and I remember selling milk to some miners a few miles away and returning with a good many silver dollars. One of our two springs was about six feet deep and had a trout in it. It was inside a hewn-log house about eighteen feet square, around the sides of which were shelves for milkpans and crocks for butter. For a time I carried the water used at the house and soon learned to use a pole similar to the one used by the Chinese and had to make fewer trips. I learned to handle an axe and then for a time cut most of the wood.

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