The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 174
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Saluria, on Matagorda Island, just inside the bar of Pass Cavallo.
It is represented that by dredging the bar at the mouth of the Bayou,
on which there are now only three or four feet, some nine feet of
water could be carried to Saluria. The line, however, from the coast
to the frontier posts is so long (some 400 miles) that it would be
difficult to keep up trains without establishing an intermediate forage
depot at San Antonio or its vicinity; and as excellent storehouses
with the amplest accommodations are already provided here, which
it would be necessary to construct at an enormous cost elsewhere,
the advantages ought to be very manifest and decided to induce a
removal of the depot from this to any other position.
Having completed the necessary arrangements by the 7th of June,
I set out on the afternoon of that day, with an escort from the Rifle
regiment, for Fort Ewell distant io6 miles nearly S. S. W., and reached
the post June i th-the journey occupying five days. The principal
streams on the route (which is sufficiently well watered), are the
San Pedro, Medina, Atascosa, Paredra, San Miguel, Frio, and Nueces,
distant, severally, from San Antonio, two, twelve, thirty, thirty-nine,
fifty-six, seventy-one, and one hundred and six miles. The road
presents no difficulties usually to wagon travel, but in wet weather
the swelling of the stream often occasions detentions, particularly at
the Frio and Nueces, the fords of which, in ordinary stages of water,
are deep and boggy. A salt marsh about a mile wide skirts the left
bank of the Nueces opposite Fort Ewell, and a few hours rain gen-
erally renders this part of the route impassable for several days.
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