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Guide to the Robert Bliss Journal MS 79
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Robert Bliss journal (original), 1846 August 18–1848 January 13

Entries of interest:

August 19, 1846: Bliss attends the funeral of Battalion Lieut. Col. James Allen who became ill and died shortly after the company left Council Bluffs, IA for Ft. Leavenworth, KS.
October 11, 1846: Company B passes through an “ancient city in ruins” roughly 20 miles north/northeast of Santa Fe, NM. At this time they were passing through the area that is now Pecos National Historical Park.
January 29, 1847: The Battalion arrives in San Diego and camps outside of town in a deserted mission station.
April 4, 1847: Bliss mentions that his family should be en route westward with other military personnel.
June 14, 1847: Company B celebrates the news of General Taylor’s victory over 18,000 Spaniards.
July 16, 1847: Bliss and the soldiers of Company B are discharged from the U.S. Army in Los Angeles, CA.
August 1, 1847: Bliss notes his birthday. He is 42 years-old.
October 24, 1847: Bliss arrives in the Salt Lake Valley. A friend informs Bliss that his family is not there. He resigns himself to not being reunited with them until spring.
January 13, 1848: Last entry of the diary, which ends incomplete without explanation.
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Robert Bliss journal (copy), 1846 August 18–1848 Januay 13

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Transcript of journal (2 copies), 1846 August 18–1848 Januay 13

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Transcript of journal (bound copy), 1846 August 18–1848 Januay 13

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Missing journal pages (copy), 1848 Januay 13-May 3

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March 6, 1848: Bliss begins his journey home.
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Correspondence (copies), 1915 October 18–January 1928 January 21