The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 350
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Capt. Granger was only awaiting transportation to take his stores to
I inspected the Company (69 rank and file, and 59 horses, includ-
ing 11 unserviceable) July 18th, and found its condition not material-
ly different from that of the company of the same regiment (C) at
Edinburg. Bvt. Capt. Granger (the Ist Lieut.) is the only officer
present, the Captain (Porter) 57 being on leave, and the 2d Lieut.
(Baker) ,58 who was recently promoted, not having yet joined. Capt.
Granger reports that since the arrival of the Company in Texas,
(January, 1852) there has never been but one officer on duty with
it at a time; that nearly one half of that period it has been
destitute of medical attendance; and that during its nineteen months
service in Texas from being constantly on scouts or engaged in me-
chanical labours, it has had the benefit of but three months tactical
Each man is armed with a rifle (many of which require repairs)
and there are 36 Colt's revolvers and an equal number of horsemen's
pistols for the use of the Company. Capt. Granger recommends that
instead of rifles and musketoons for Cavalry, Sharp's Carbine be sub-
stituted. He says: "I have had several months practice with the Car-
bine and can state its advantages. First, it is much. lighter, carries a
ball of double the weight of the Rifle, has a range of more than
double the rifle, and with practice can be loaded and fired in fifteen
seconds at full speed on horse back, with sufficient accuracy to strike
a man at 20 or 30 paces. On foot, it can be loaded and fired ten times
per minute with surprising accuracy. At deliberate aim, with good
marksmen, it is very certain at distances of one fourth to half a mile."
Forage was purchased in the neighborhood, the cost of corn being
about $1 per bushel. Provisions were furnished from Fort McIntosh.
Beef and mutton can be obtained in the vicinity at from five to seven
cents per pound.
From Redmond's Ranche to the next post, Fort McIntosh, is 61
miles in a North Westerly direction. The journey was performed
between the 19th and 21st of July. The country is unsettled, and for
the first 37 miles, when the beaten road between Ringgold Barracks
07Andrew Porter graduated from the Military Academy in 1837, and was breveted
major on August 2o, 1847 for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco. He was pro-
moted to lieutenant colonel on September 13, 1847, for gallantry at Chapultepec,
and became a brigadier general in the Volunteers on May 17, 1861. He resigned his
commission on April so, 1864. He died on January 4, 1872. Ibid., 798.
5sSecond Lieutenant Laurence Simmons Baker, who graduated from the Military
Academy in 1851, resigned from the United States Army on May o10, 1861, and
served as brigadier general in the Confederate States Army from 1861 to 1865.
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