Janet Lancaster displays a copy of Robert Henry Brewster's Army enlistment paper from 1846. After signing on to defend forts along the Oregon trail, Brewster deserted after being told his unit would be redirected to fight in the Mexican-American War instead. So he went AWOL, showing up in Stockton sometime around 1850 and having changed his name to Robert McHenry to avoid being jailed or even hanged as a deserter.
Janet Lancaster displays a copy of Robert Henry Brewster's Army enlistment paper from 1846. After signing on to defend forts along the Oregon trail, Brewster deserted after being told his unit would be redirected to fight in the Mexican-American War instead. So he went AWOL, showing up in Stockton sometime around 1850 and having changed his name to Robert McHenry to avoid being jailed or even hanged as a deserter. Modesto Bee
Janet Lancaster displays a copy of Robert Henry Brewster's Army enlistment paper from 1846. After signing on to defend forts along the Oregon trail, Brewster deserted after being told his unit would be redirected to fight in the Mexican-American War instead. So he went AWOL, showing up in Stockton sometime around 1850 and having changed his name to Robert McHenry to avoid being jailed or even hanged as a deserter. Modesto Bee

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