Lieutenant Gustavus C. Doane's Report to the Secretary of War Concerning the Washburn Expedition of 1870
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Lt. Doane in 1876.
Lt. Gustavus C. Doane led the military escort of the famed Washburn Expedition of 1870.  That expedition helped lead to the Hayden Expedition of the following year, and ultimately to the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872.  Doane's report on the expedition is heavy on facts, full of scientific description, and not light at all in awe of what he was seeing.  Although not nearly as colorful as the famous journal published by Nathaniel Pitt Langford in 1905 of the expedition, it is more reliable in that it is less prone to exaggerate and is altogether a more truthful account of what actually happened.  Both accounts are useful in getting a sense of a very exciting adventure.

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