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Page 833 - On the first day and night, the loading of the wagons and many men were boated over. On the morning of the llth, the mules were driven two miles, from grass; then drew the wagons through the long ford of a mile, nearly swimming. The wagons were then loaded in the willow thicket, and I marched nearly fifteen miles over the sandy road, to the first well, the same day; a great effort and labor.
Page 175 - Hnmboldt, and Webster counties, found many of the inhabitants in a high state of excitement, And laboring under constant fear of an attack by Indians. Quite a number of families were leaving their homes and moving into the more thickly settled portions of the State. This feeling, however, seemed to be more intense and to run higher in the more Inland and remote counties from the border, than in the border counties themselves.
Page xv - The sum of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) or so much thereof as may be necessary...
Page 835 - ... that between 80, and 100 miles may be saved, and some bad road avoided. It is only necessary for a small experienced party, well provided with water, (with Indian guides, if practicable,) to explore the prairie, and discover the watering places. The direct distance is about 160 miles. •* The worst road is on the Rio Grande, opposite the upper and middle part of the Jornada del Muerto. It may probably be avoided by coming the Jornada road half way down or more, and then crossing to the west...
Page 175 - They expressed themselves freely and were very temperate in their demands. They said all they wanted or deemed necessary for the protection of the northern border was a small force of mounted men stationed on the east and west forks of the Des Moines river, to act in concert with the United States troops, then stationed at Spirit Lake; but that this force must be made up of men, such as they could choose from amongst themselves, who were familiar with the country and had been engaged in hunting and...
Page xix - This act, being deemed of immediate importance, shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the Register and Leader and Des Moines Capital, newspapers published in Des Moines, Iowa.
Page 833 - Warner's ranch on the 21st of January, and to be of service to your active operations. I also sent for assistance in mules, understanding that you had placed a number of them in that vicinity. "Sixty or seventy miles above the mouth of the Gila, having more wagons than necessary, and scarcely able to get them on, I tried the experiment, with very flattering assurances of success, of boating with two pontoon wagon beds, and a raft for the running gear.
Page 179 - I have juRl returned from the Upper Missouri, and know very little about the points now occupied by State troops in this section, nor for how long a time they have been called into service. Will you be kind enough, therefore, to give me all the information you can in the matter. I have many places in Dacotah to garrison this winter, but will still have left at this place some three or four companies of cavalry. I expect them here in abont a week.
Page 825 - ... and prudent. I need not say to you that in case you conquer Santa Fe, (and with it will be included the department or State of New Mexico,) it will be important to provide for retaining safe possession of it. Should you deem it prudent to have still more troops for the accomplishment of the...
Page 825 - It has been decided by the President to be of the greatest importance in the pending war with Mexico to take the earliest possession of upper California. An expedition with that view is hereby ordered, and you are designated to command it.

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