The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 447
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2d Lieut. T. A. Washington77 is the Acting Asst. Quartermaster.
His accounts are kept accurately and he is prompt in the discharge
of his duties.
There is a good stone building used as a storehouse, but it is not
sufficient to hold all the Quartermaster's property, and some stores,
in consequence, are placed under temporary shelter. No citizens are
employed, and no expenditures made except for the payment of
extra duty men and the purchase of forage. Corn is bought at 45
cents per bushel. Hay has been heretofore furnished by contract at
$15 per ton, but as the only kind that can be cut is of a very inferior
quality no contract has been made this year. Wood has been supplied
by contract at $3.80 per cord.
This department is likewise under Lt. Washington's charge. The
provisions on hand were good and well stored. They are generally
purchased in New Orleans and received through Corpus Christi.
Lt. Washington reports that they are often badly put up, the boxes
and barrels being very inferior. Fresh beef is procured by contract
at 4s/4 cents per pound. I find the ration is sold here lower than at
any post in Texas. The New Orleans prices are adopted-the cut of
the ration being 11 4/5 cents. This matter appears to require some
attention to insure a uniformity of practice at all the posts.
The Hospital is a large stone building and only requires a small
outlay to render it all that could be desired. It needs ceiling inside,
a portico and a kitchen. Asst. Surgeon G. K. Wood is the medical
officer in charge. The police of the establishment was excellent, the
medicines and stores of good quality and the hospital books regu-
The diseases most prevalent are those occasioned by intemperance
and, during the winter months, by the sudden changes of tempera-
ture caused by the northers. The quarterly report of sick shows an
average of lo3 cases of disease to a mean strength of ioo during the
quarter. The highest monthly mean of the thermometer for three
years has been 87 96; the lowest 69 81. The hottest month is
August; the coldest have been December and January. The yearly
average of rain for three years, according to the register, is 3o.18
inches; but this is believed to be too high, from the fact that there
is one entry of 26 inches having fallen in a day, when it was, prob-
ably, only intended to set down one-tenth of that quantity.
77Thornton Augustin Washington graduated from the Military Academy in
1847. He resigned on April 8, 1861. He was assistant adjutant general of the
Confederate States Army from 1861 to 1865. He died on July to, 1894. Ibid., 1007.
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