I just started Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the American West. So far, it's pretty good. One bit in particular caught my attention. Traveling to San Francisco, William Tecumseh Sherman caught a boat which ran aground on a reef. Wading ashore he found a lumber boat to take him the rest of the way. It capsized.
"Satisfied that she could not sink by reason of her cargo," he wrote, "I was not in the least alarmed, but thought two shipwrecks in one day not a good beginning for a new, peaceful career" (Fradkin, 20).