Texas Cowboy’s Journal
Jack Bailey shares his story in “A Texas Cowboy’s Journal: Up the Trail to Kansas in 1868.” It is considered the earliest known day-by-day journal kept by a cowboy on a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas, following the Civil War.
Travel with Bailey on this journey. You encounter Indians, U.S. soldiers, Mexicans, freed slaves, and cowboys working other cattle drives. Steeped in romantic cowboy lore and cattle drive legend. It’s a book about life on the trail. Experience a life filled with adventure, excitement and even danger, as told only by someone who lived the tale.
“Here’s a book every westerner, real or wannabe, should read and add to his or her library,” said Tony Hillerman.
Jack Bailey was most likely Mississippi-born John W. Bailey (1831 – ?) a farmer from Jack County, Texas, when he went up the trail.
This paperback version published in 2014, by the University of Oklahoma Press: Norman, is perfect for the modern day traveler, sized at 5×7 inches and 111 pages. Edited by David Dary, who adds the note that the diary was transcribed by Charles E. Rand and retains Bailey’s phonetic, original spelling. For someone who really wants to learn about a cowboy on the Chisholm Trail, this small journal is great history. The book is one of the Western Legacies Series. Foreward by Charles P. Schroeder.