Lowe, Percival G. Five Years a Dragoon ('49 to '54) and other Adventures of the Great Plains [SIGNED]. Kansas City, MO.: The Franklin House Publishing Co., 1906. First Edition.
Yellow pictorial cloth, title on front cover and backstrip, sprinkled page edges. 6 x 7 7/8 inches, 2 former owner's small name & address paper labels on front end papers. Inscribed by thy the author in blue ink on the tp: "Mrs. Edna Love Wright with Compliments of P. G. Love." Frontis portrait of author, 417 clean pp., 46 illustrations, vignettes. Very good. Hardcover. 
Howes L526; Rader 2255; Graff 2550.
Percival Greene Lowe (1828-1908), raised on a farm in Lowell, Massachusetts, whose wanderlust let him to enlist in the mounted service with the aim of having adventures on the Great Plains and the American West. He kept a daily journal of his experiences which he puts to good use in the creation of this lively memoir. He begins with recruit training at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and gives a vivid account of his experiences on the plains, from his arrival at Fort Leavenworth in 1849; as a member of B Troop, First Dragoons, at Ft. Kearney; to his freighting and contracting business in the 1870's.
Lowe stayed in the area after leaving the service and led wagon trains, some as large as 150 wagons, carrying army supplies from Ft. Leavenworth to the Salt Lake and other places. He was elected sheriff of Leavenworth County in 1877, serving two terms, and was a member of the city police force for a time. In 1884 he was made a state senator.
His memoir relates the conflicts of the military with the Indian tribes on the plains, life as a trooper - "more than 3,100 miles on one horse in six months" - the campaign to New Mexico, the Kansas War of 1856, the Cheyenne expedition, buffalo hunting, setting up shop in Denver in 1859 to supply gold hunters, and his life as a plainsman freighting and leading wagon trains.
Life as it once was in the American West, and never will be again.