The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 353
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officers in the 8th Department. The post draws its supplies from
Corpus Christi, and furnishes forage to trains passing between that
point and Forts Duncan and Clark. There are five six mule teams
for post purposes. The only citizens employed are a wheelwright at
$45 per month and a guide at $3o. The monthly expenditures aver-
age $795, about $6oo being required for the purchase of corn at 83
cents per bushel. About 470 cords of wood at $2, and 150 tons of hay,
at $16, are used annually. One hundred cords of the former, and lo6
tons of the latter are now on hand.
Lieut. Woods is also in charge of this department of the Staff. The
supply of provisions on hand is considerable, and they are of good
quality and well protected. Fresh beef is furnished at 7 cents per
pound. The regular monthly expenditures amount to $18o. The sales
of provision average $35 per month. The cost of the ration delivered
at the post is 161/ cents. None of its component parts could be pur-
chased to advantage in the vicinity except perhaps beans, which can
be bought in advance and of superior quality at $2 per bushel.
The post had been without a medical officer since June 14th, when
the Asst. Surgeon (McParlin)'67 on duty was relieved, in obedience
to an order assigning him to the New Orleans station. There were
a number of sick in hospital requiring attention, but no citizen
physician could be obtained in the neighborhood. Owing to the
absence of an Army Surgeon I could only gather a few general facts
relative to the health of the post from the hospital books. It appears
from these that during the last twelve months the whole number of
cases of disease has been 238, of which 44 were cases of diarrhoea, 49
of intermittent, and 7 of remittent fever. The mean strength of the
command during the same time was 94. The yearly mean temperature
was 74-the lowest monthly mean being in January, 551/, and the
highest in August, 890. The quantity of rain which fell in the year
was 15.97 inches.
(To be continued)
,67Thomas Andrew McParlin was breveted lieutenant colonel on August 1, 1864.
He was made a colonel on March 13, 1865. On November 26, 1866, he was pro-
moted to brigadier general for meritorious and distinguished service at New
Orleans, where cholera and yellow fever prevailed. He died on January 28, 1897.
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