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Beyond Lewis and Clark - Emory

The Army Explores The West

William H. Emory.  Image courtesy of West Point Library, 
Special Collections.

Major William H. Emory (1811-1887)
U.S.-Mexican Boundary Survey

William Emory was never well-known but his work is among the best of the soldier-explorers. A graduate of West Point, he earned the respect of his troops as a fighting officer in two major wars. He also was an excellent scientist and scholar, working in the Southwest both during and after the Mexican War (1846-1848). His maps and expedition reports helped create the current Mexico-U.S. boundary.


Emory's expedition of 1846.


Beyond Lewis and Clark is an online exhibit developed by the Kansas Museum of History. It is the result of a partnership between the Kansas Historical Society, the Virginia and Washington State historical societies, the U. S. Army's Frontier Army Museum at Leavenworth, and the U. S. Army Center of Military History.

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