The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 58
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of the purchase of supplies. When additional labour is required, it
can be obtained at $1. per day, the labourer furnishing his own
Second Lieut. George C. Barber, 8th Infantry, has been in charge
of this Department since May 22, 1852. One clerk at $25, one
labourer at $25, and one at $20 per month are employed, making
the ordinary disbursements amount to $70. Only a small quantity
of provisions was in store, and it is desirable this should always be
the case, as from the dampness of the climate they are liable to spoil
if kept long near the coast. The issues are, usually, inconsiderable,
and confined mostly to teamsters and detachments of recruits in
route to their regiments. Nearly all the provisions received are
intended for consumption at the interior posts. I am of opinion,
therefore, that the Assistant Quartermaster of the station should be
required to discharge the duties of the Subsistence in addition to
those of his own Department. This is now done, and I believe
without inconvenience to the service of either Department, by the
Assistant Quartermaster in charge of the San Antonio Depot, the
operations of which are probably more extensive than those of all
the other depots in Texas combined. By this arrangement Lieut.
Barber could join his regiment, now suffering greatly for the want
of officers, and from which he has been detached upwards of sixteen
months. Having deemed it my duty to make this recommendation,
I take pleasure in adding that all accounts concur in representing
Lieut. Barber as an officer of much promise and great moral worth.
The condition in which I found his books, papers and the property
in his charge bear testimony to an intelligent and faithful perform-
ance of duty.
Since the above remarks were written I have heard of Lt. Barber's
death, but I shall, nevertheless, let them stand unaltered, as they
are now as just to his memory as they were due to him when living.
Leaving Indianola at 4 P.M., May 26th, I proceeded via Lavaca,
Victoria, Yorktown and the Sulphur Springs, to San Antonio, to fit
out for my tour. The journey was made in a light spring wagon
and occupied four days. The distance, as has been previously stated,
is 140 miles, and the road with the exception of the portion (some
40 miles) to Victoria, which runs over a "hog wallow" prairie almost
impassible in wet weather, is very good ordinarily and sufficiently
well watered. Occasionally trains are kept back, involving some-
times the loss of animals, by the swelling of streams on the route,
which in this country frequently rise twenty feet in a few hours;
but the waters subside almost as rapidly, and such detentions rarely
exceed two days.
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