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to lease it for fifteen years, with the use of the timber and coal on the
lands belonging to him, extending three miles up the river. Besides
the coal beds there is probably sufficient fuel (Mosquit wood) on
these lands for the use of the present garrison for five years. There
is also abundance of stone at hand suitable for building, but no
lumber. It is proposed to give $xoo per month for the first five years,
and for the next ten years a mere nominal rent, say, of $ x per month,
in consideration of the buildings reverting to the proprietor at the
expiration of the lease. In consequence of the absence of the proprie-
tor from Texas, no reply has been received to this proposition.
From information furnished me I am inclined to think that a better
site for the post than the present one would be some 3o miles below
where the Presidio road (the road followed by Genl. Wool's column
in 1846) crosses the Rio Grande. This would bring the post about
midway between Forts McIntosh and Clark, from which it is now
distant io and 40 miles respectively-and nearly opposite the Mex-
ican town of Presidio containing some 1,2oo inhabitants. Land, it is
said, can be obtained there at a nominal price. Neither position has
any advantage over the other as respects fuel, forage, and building
Fort Duncan is garrisoned by Companies D and F, Ist Infantry,
under the command of Maj. and Bvt. Lt. Col. T. Morris9 of that
regiment. I reviewed and inspected the command, July 27th. The
strength present was:-
Field & Staff. Maj. T. Morris, (Bvt. Lt. Col.) and Asst. Surgeon
G. K. Wood.o0
Company D. 2d Lt. T. A. Washington, and 36 men.
Company F. 2d Lt. G. A. Williams,71 of Compy. H, Comdg., and
The absent officers were-
to San Antonio, where he became a large landowner and banker. He died on
October 14, 1891, leaving an estate said to be worth three million dollars, most
of which he gave to the Catholic church. His home has been moved to the Witte
Museum in San Antonio.
o6Thompson Morris graduated from the Military Academy in 1822. He was
breveted major on April 18, 1847, for gallantry at Cerro Gordo, and promoted to
lieutenant colonel on August so, 1847, for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco.
He retired on September 19, 1861, and died on February 13, 1870. Heitman,
Historical Register of the United States Army, I, 728.
7OGeorge K. Wood resigned from the army on November 1, 1861. He died on
April 9, 1878. Ibid., 1054.
7IGeorge Augustus Williams graduated from the Military Academy in 1852. He
was breveted major for gallantry on October 8, 1862, at Corinth, and lieutenant
colonel on July 4, 1863, for gallantry at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He died on April
2, 1889. Ibid., 1o4o.
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