The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

JOURNAL OF A TRIP THROUGH TEXAS AND
NORTHERN MEXICO IN 1846-18471
I
WILLIAx A. MCCLINTOCK2
Benton, Arkansas
1st Sept. 1846
My Dear parants
We left Little Rock at 8 o'clock this morning. I have said as
much perhaps of that place, as it deserves unless I've said some-
thing in its praise. It is I believe a custom with all travelers and
journalists, to discribe at the outset, each of the persons composing
their party. It would be the height of presumption in an humble
journalist like me to deviate from the beaten track of [or] path.
Our first W. L. Peters of Woodford Cy., Ky., Commandant of the
Squad is 2 Sergeant in Marshall's Company. But about Little
Rock [sic.] (I put little letters) he answered to and almost exulted
in the honorous title of Captain. He is a bachelor of 45, fussy
querrelous, Supercillious, and Scold beyond all other Scolds, i. e.
malicious, I've heard, a great beau, and considered "quite killing"
1From a copy loaned to the University of Texas by A. H. Upham,
President of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, through the courtesy of
John M. McClintock, Altedena, California.
'The writer was a volunteer in the Second Kentucky Regiment. This
diary covers part of his trip from Kentucky to Monterrey to serve in the
Mexican War. He was killed in February, 1847, in the Battle of Buena
Vista.
In a letter of January 25, 1930, Mr. John M. McClintock, of Altadena,
California, gives the following account of the writer and his manuscript:
"He was a native of Bourbon County, Kentucky, and enlisted in the
Mexican War at Cynthiana, Kentucky. From the time of his departure
until the date of his death he wrote letters to his parents, relatives and
friends, sometimes such letters taking the form of a journal. He left
Kentucky by boat from Louisville to Memphis, thence by horseback went
through Little Rock, middle North Texas to San Antonio, thence south
to Corpus Christi and Brownsville, thence into Mexico, Monterrey, and
Buena Vista, where he was killed, as above stated. His letters prior to
leaving Little Rock have been lost, but from the time he left Little Rock
until the date of his death they are largely intact. They have been
compiled and typewritten and are so contained in one volume compris-
ing 83 typewritten pages. The portion of these letters, or journals,
which covers Texas, and they are largely written concerning his travels
across Texas at that early day, 1846, are replete with descriptions of
the fauna, flora, natural conditions of the country, rivers, etc., etc., men-

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101091/. Accessed September 19, 2014.