William H. Emory, The Heroic Opening of the American Southwest


On Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum in Miami, award winning author and speaker, Doug Hocking, will personify Colonel William H. Emory, topographical engineer, who rode with General Kearny in the 1846/47 conquest of New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

This is a good event to take your children or grandchildren who are interested in history. Admission is free.

“Bold Emory,” as he was known at West Point Military Academy, fought beside the general at the Battle of San Pascual. Throughout his trek from Missouri to California, he recorded the terrain, its people, ruins, flora and fauna. His map opened the Southern Emigrant Road to travel and his published work introduced the Southwest to the American people and established the need for the Gadsden Purchase. After the war, he returned to survey our southern boundary. He was among the first to command a cavalry regiment.

Doug has received a Spur Award, a Co-founder’s Award, and is a finalist for the 2019 Will Rogers Medallion. His well known books of history include: Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise; The Black Legend: George Bascom, Cochise, and the Start of the Apache Wars; Terror on the Santa Fe Trail: Kit Carson and the Jicarilla Apache.

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