The wt of March, 1857, we took the steamer from St. Louis to Fort Leavenworth. On reaching there we found the department commanded by General W. H. Harney. The post was commanded by Colonel E. V. Sumner, of the First U. S. Cavalry. The Sixth Infantry, lately stationed at Fort Thomas, was also there. A few days afterwards the Fifth and Tenth Infantry arrived at the post, orders having been published for the Fifth, Tenth, and Battery B, Fourth Artillery, to get ready to start upon the expedition to Utah.
Captain Stewart Van Vliet, of the Quartermaster Depart ment, arrived later, having been ordered to proceed to Salt Lake City in advance Of the expedition. He had been given full authority to purchase all the lumber and everything requisite for that command. Contracts were also given out for transporting the supplies, the price being twenty two cents per pound. From the day the order was issued we were kept as busy as could be, drawing horses, breaking them to harness, receiving ammunition, quartermaster sup plies, and drilling recruits, of which we had received eighty five after reaching Fort Leavenworth.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - W. H. Chamberlin
Published Date - September 02 2019
ISBN - 9780666253057
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
Page Count - 551
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