This watercolour by Wlliam Henry Jackson shows Mitchell Pass at Scotts Bluff National Monument near Gering, Nebraska. Jackson camped near this spot in 1866.
The Oregon Trail is a 2,000-mile historic east-west wagon route and emigrant trail that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon and locations in between. Its epoch years were from the 1840s to the late 1860s.
Louisiana became a French crown colony in 1731 but was ceded to Spain in 1763 after the French and Indian Wars. It reverted to France in 1800 and was sold by Napoleon to the U.S. in 1803. The southern part, known as the territory of Orleans, became the state of Louisiana in 1812. I was lucky how little impact the franking made on this card.
The capture of New Orleans (April 25 – May 1, 1862) during the American Civil War was an important event for the Union. Having fought past Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the Union was unopposed in its capture of the city itself, which was spared the destruction suffered by many other Southern cities. However, the controversial and confrontational administration of the city by its military governor caused lasting resentment. This capture of the largest Confederate city was a major turning point and an incident of international importance.
This card arrived on 24th May, travelled 4121 miles and took 5 days.
Total so far – 233,852 miles; 20 countries (including 8 US States).