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Title Requisitions [manuscript]: for subsistence stores ... Fort Union, New Mexico ..., 1866 Apr. 27-June 22
Author Fort Union, New Mexico
Date
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Includes three separate requisitions requesting subsistence stores needed for the operation of Fort Union and the ordnance arsenal. Each requisition enumerates the name and quantity of about twenty staples required by the fort’s personnel (approximately 965 individuals). A variety of staples including bacon, flour, beans, coffee, candles, and soap are listed. The requisitions indicate that troops and private citizens employed at the fort were furnished with these basic supplies while officers were required to purchase their own foodstuffs. In addition, a few items requisitioned such as ham and black tea were made available for sale only to officers.
Places Fort Union, New Mexico, United States
Keywords army, fort, food rations, supplies, soldiers, goods
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Additional Information The largest U.S. Army post guarding the southwestern frontier, Fort Union was established in 1851 in northeastern New Mexico near the junction of the Mountain and Cimarron branches of the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Union served as a tactical base and supply depot for lesser posts throughout the region as well as a way station for travellers on the Santa Fe Trail. A separate ordnance arsenal also occupied the site. With the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1879, Fort Union’s importance quickly diminished. The arsenal was wound up in 1882 and by 1891 the fort was abandoned.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3071
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue