Martha Summerhayes - Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life by a New England Woman
Vanished Arizona: Recollections of the Army Life by a New England Woman
This is a true story about a pampered New England young woman who falls in love with an army officer and they get sent to Arizona in 1873.
This superbly entertaining account of the adventures of the wife of a lieutenant in the army is a fast and absorbing read. Summerhayes was raised in Nantucket and partly educated in Germany so imagine her shock when she follows her husband to Wyoming and then Arizona during the Apache wars of the 1870's.
Fascinating story of a young bride with her army husband and their experiences in Arizona during the late 18th century. She is a young woman who is totally unprepared for life in the 'wild' west. Her stories of traveling from camp to camp in Arizona and having to make a home in extremely harsh and primitive conditions is awe inspiring. Especially moving is when she has her first child, far from anyone who can help her . She is completely ignorant of childbirth and caring for a newborn.