|Hugh Glass 1783?-1833|
is not known what Hugh Glass had done before he appeared in the Rocky
Mountains as a fur trader. He was thought to be a seafarer, possibly even
a pirate who came west. He was known for his wilderness skills. In 1823,
he joined the Major Andrew Henry expedition to the upper Missouri. He
was scouting with some others when he came between a female grizzly bear
and her two cubs. He was severely injured, slashed from head to foot.
He was bleeding profusely. It was not a matter of if he would die but
when. The other members of his party carried him on a litter for several
days waiting for him to die, but he still held on. Now came a decision.
They were going through dangerous Indian country. They couldn't jeopardize
the entire party for one man. So two men would stay behind with him, young
Jim Bridger, and a man named John Fitzgerald. Finally after a week it
looked like he had died, showing no signs of life. So Bridger and Fitzgerald
packed up to go, taking Glass's gun and gear.
-Copyright 2000 by Beth Gibson
Read also: Hugh Glass - Mountain Man from Franks Realm 'Mountain Men' section.