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  •  Not sure about a steamboat, loaded with passengers (0+ / 0-)

    and freight. But maybe he traveled overland with the mounted infantry. He would have had more "photo ops!"

    Actually, I just realized there weren't upper river boats that early; he'd have been on horseback and/or with a wagon. Hmm....

    •  I love a mystery. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      now it's your turn to reveal something about this photo-shooting soldier. HA! I mean, I'm working on the Powell mystery (and admit I have no answers. . .about some of the saga). So now I await what you discover given what you just commented on. Goferit!

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      by richholtzin on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 01:31:57 PM PST

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      •  I wish! (0+ / 0-)

        Like I said, the computer died and took the research with it. Someday I'll try to find that information again, but no time right now. I didn't even remember his name, though it was one of those  distinctive 19th century ones, sort of French.

        Google is our friend and presto magick! Lt. Lorenzo Lorain is our man; one of these days we'll see what has been learned about this guy. I see that he is credited with being the first Army officer from Oregon to be injured in a Civil War battle, in 1861.

        •  now I have a tack. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          to trace more of what you have since revealed about this officer. Thanks so much, RiveroftheWest. . .I"m on it as we speak. And, yes, what can any of us ever do with the WEB, even those who despise modernity's methods of making it easier to check facts and learn new stuff from the old. Most appreciated (your commentaries and insights).

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 04:41:45 PM PST

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          •  Thank you! Glad you have time (0+ / 0-)

            to check him out. I know he was associated with early photography at Fort Umpqua and Fort Klamath, probably after his brief stay at Fort Walla Walla in 1857. I recall he left an album or portfolio of some sort with photographs he had taken, but his Columbia River pics (assuming he actually took some) were not included so I guess we don't know if he really used that camera around here.

            I'm a Luddite myself but yeah, what would we do without Google and the WEB!

            •  let's continue. . . (1+ / 0-)
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              this interesting discourse via my profile's email. I want to survey this young officer's profile via web sleuthing, but I''ll need more details about his background, etc., from you. Now you have my interest in the subject matter, but I'm not sure how the rest of the DKos community feels about it. I know there is something interesting in this subject matter and I would like to see where it leads. I'm just curious about facets of American (Western) history beyond the usual.

              Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

              by richholtzin on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 06:39:28 PM PST

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