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Title Journal showing the route taken by the government train accompanying the 15th Regt: U.S. Infantry [manuscript]: from Austin, Tex. to Ft. Craig, N.M. and returning to San Antonio July - December 1869 / prepared under the direction of Brvt. Lt. Col. Thos. B. Hunt, 1869
Author Hunt, Thomas Benjamin (d.1891)
Date
Document Type Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Daily journal and route map kept July - December, 1869, by army personnel accompanying a wagon train travelling from Austin, Tex., to Fort Craig, N.M., and returning to San Antonio, Tex. The train passed through Fredericksburg, Fort Mason, Fort Concho, Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Fort Quitman, Fort Bliss, El Paso, old Fort Fillmore, Mesilla, Las Cruces, Fort Selden, Fort McRae, and Fort Craig. It returned along the same route to Fort Stockton and then travelled down the Pecos River to old Camp Lancaster, old Camp Hudson, Fort Clark, and Castroville, to San Antonio. In the volume, which was probably assembled from notes and maps drawn enroute, a photographic reproduction of a detailed manuscript strip map is aligned on the pages with weather reports, three timed daily recordings of distances travelled, and notes regarding road conditions, vegetation, terrain, water, settlements, and problems encountered. Journal and map also note graves of several settlers and travellers killed by Indians and towns across the Rio Grande in Mexico.
Places Austin, Fredericksburg, Fort Mason, Fort Concho, Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Fort Quitman, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Fort Fillmore, Mesilla, Las Cruces, Fort Selden, Fort McRae, Fort Craig, Texas, New Mexico, Pecos River, Camp Lancaster, Camp Hudson, Fort Clark, Castroville, San Antonio, Rio Grande, United States
Keywords army, soldiers, fort, travel, road, wagon train, map, weather, vegetation, settlement, death
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Southwest, Great Plains
Additional Information U.S. army quartermaster. Born in Canada, Thomas B. Hunt joined the volunteer army in Minnesota in 1861. Breveted major and lieutenant colonel for meritorious service in the Quartermaster’s Dept. during the Civil War, Hunt joined the regular army in 1867 as a captain and assistant quartermaster. He served until 1874, and again from 1879-1885.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3098
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue