Petersen, Ernest, Autobiographical sketch, 1-2.
Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.
The Civil War was on at that time, so my father had much difficulty in making arrangements for the trip. We traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, and then to Florence, Nebraska, where we spent three weeks getting ready to cross the plains. My Father, having had much experience with fine horses in Denmark, traveled down to Missouri, and bought one of the finest stallion, and some mares, that he could find. He brought them to Utah. He purchased three well built wagons, with two teams on each wagon. We hawled [hauled] some special freight for Brigham Young across the plains. We enjoyed our travels, as we were well fitted out for the journey. I, being the oldest boy, had many experiences with my Father in taking care of the horses and doing the chores around camp. The only serious trouble we had, was when the Indians would cause the cattle to stampede. Our captain, John R. Young, out witted the Indians, and with other men, brought back our stock. Near Fort Bridger, our company was met by Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, who gave us potatoes, onions, and other vegetables. As I had always been use to having all I could eat, before leaving the old country, I hardly knew what it was to go without but I would soon know.