History and Journals of the Life and Travels of Jesse W. Crosby
Annals of Wyoming
April 24, 1846 to January 2, 1848. Crosby prepares to leave Nauvoo. He crosses the river and arrives at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa. When recruiters for the Mormon Battalion arrive, he desires to go, but cannot. Instead, Crosby journeys east to fetch his wife, who is living in Maine. The couple are reunited and rejoin the Saints in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. They make the trek west the following spring. Crosby's trail journal describes landmarks passed, the weather, the distance traveled each day, his worries about the Pawnee, and his opinion of the Sioux. Halfway through the journey, Crosby's company meets with Brigham Young and others returning to Winter Quarters. Crosby reaches the Salt Lake Valley, giving a lengthy opinion of the valley and its qualities. Summary of Fall and Winter activities. April 28, 1850 to September 12, 1850. Crosby's second diary begins with his call to serve a mission to Europe. He crosses the Plains, frequently meeting miners going to California or settlers bound for Oregon. Crosby expresses disbelief at the volume of emigrants to California. He also notes other companies crossing the Plains have been struck by a cholera epidemic, while his company has been spared. He later meets Mormon companies heading for the Valley and learns they too have been spared. Crosby arrives in Kanesville, Iowa before going on to St. Louis, Missouri up the Mississippi, and across the Great Lakes to New York. He records his stormy crossing of the Atlantic and his landing in Liverpool, England. A summary of his mission follows.