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miles W. N. W, and 16o miles N. N. W. From eight to ten feet water
can be carried over the Pass Cavallo bar at ordinary tides, and nine
feet can be brought to the wharf at Powder Horn Bayou, 31/2 miles
S. E. of Indianola; at the Depot wharf itself there is only a depth of
61/ feet water. The buildings of the Depot consist of five structures
(60 x 30o feet) for supplies, a small blacksmith shop, and a stable,
(32 x 70 feet) all constructed of rough lumber, at a total expense,
probably, of $2,500. They are, however, fully adequate to the pur-
poses required of them. These houses are built on ground leased by
the United States. A wharf, 250 feet long and on which is laid a rail-
way, is connected with this land, and for the exclusive use of the wharf
and the lease of the ground the Government pays a monthly rent of
eighty dollars. The owner of the wharf binds himself to keep it in
repair against damages by sea or collisions of shipping, the United
States defraying the expenses of its ordinary wear and tear.
Bvt. Major E. B. Babbitt, Assistant Quartermaster, is usually in
charge of this department of the Depot, but at the time of my visit
he was at San Antonio, acting as Chief Quartermaster of the 8th
Department, and his duties at the Depot were performed, tempo-
rarily, by 2d Lieut. George C. Barber,6 8th Infantry. The quantity
of supplies on hand was very limited, most of those received being
intended for transhipment to the interior and sent off as fast as
landed. The articles in store were, however, in good preservation,
and due scrutiny seemed to be exercised to prevent waste or mis-
The persons employed in the Department are one clerk at $85
per month, one forage master at $40o, one veterinary surgeon at $3o,
one blacksmith at $35, one carpenter and wheelright at $45, one
wagon master at $25, seven teamsters at $2o each, and one watchman
and four labourers at $2o. All these men, except the clerk, receive
in addition to the pay specified one ration per day. The monthly
expenditures for the pay of persons employed and rent ($8o for
lease of ground and $12 for Quartermaster's and Commissary's
Office) amounts to $512. This is the ordinary expenditure, exclusive
1Edwin Burr Babbitt graduated from the United States Military Academy in
1826. He was breveted major on May 3o, 1848, for meritorious conduct in the
enemy's country; colonel on March 13, 1865, for faithful service during the Civil
War; and brigadier general on March 13, 1865, for faithful service in the quarter-
master department. Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the
United States Army from Its Organization September 29, x789, to March 2, 90o3
(2 vols.; Washington, 19o3-19o4), I, 177-178. Hereafter cited Heitman, Historical
Register of the United States Army.
6Second Lieutenant George Clinton Barber graduated from the Military Acad-
emy in 1843; he died on November 11, 1853. Ibid., 19o.
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