Doris O. Dawdy

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George Montague Wheeler · The Man and the Myth
By Doris O. Dawdy

Until Dawdy's “The Wyant Diary” appeared in Arizona and the West in 1980, it was virtually unknown that Lt. Wheeler was the leader of the government exploring party from which artist A. H. Wyant returned with a paralyzed arm. So little used were government reports prior to the mid-twentieth century that not one of the writers and compilers of information about this prominent artist, known to have been with a military expedition, had looked at the most likely report, that of Lt.

“Dawdy’s book is an important contribution. Anyone pursuing details of Wheeler's career cannot rely upon his official government reports of his expeditions; they must consult Dawdy’s illuminating research.”

Robert C. Euler, The Journal of Arizona History