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up of stone which is found immediately at hand in great abundance
and of a quality easily dressed.
The nearest post office is San Antonio, 164 miles distant, to which
there is a special express sent weekly for the mails, via Forts Mason
and Martin Scott.
There are three Indian bands, all of the Comanche tribe, residing
within a circuit of 6o to loo miles from Fort McKavett and who
frequently visit the post, but I could obtain no good estimate of their
numbers. These bands are San-a-co's, residing on the Concho and the
head waters of the Colorado; Buffalo Hump's, living on the Colorado,
and a third, ranging between the San Saba and Colorado, under
Ketumseh and Yellow Wolf. A small party of Tonkeways had also
come over from the Brazos river and were encamped in the vicinity.
Bvt. Lt. Col. E. B. Alexander,129 Major 8th Infantry, with five
companies (B, D, E, F, H) of his regiment, was in command of Fort
McKavett when I inspected the post. The strength under arms on
that occasion was as follows:-
Field and Staff. Maj. E. B. Alexander, (Bvt. Lt. Col.) and Asst.
Surgeon S. W. Crawford.s0
Company B. 2d Lt. W. T. Mechling,s81 and 84 men.
Company D. Capt. C. D. Jordan,182 and 40 men.
Company E. 2d Lt. T. K. Jackson,8a and 35 men.
lzoBrevet Colonel Edmund Brooke Alexander graduated from the Military
Academy in 1823. He was breveted major on April 18, 1847 for gallantry at Cerro
Gordo; lieutenant colonel August 2o, 1847, for gallantry at Contreras and Churu-
busco; brigadier general October 18, 1865, for meritorious service in recruiting for
the United States Army. Heitman, Historical Register of the United States Army,
13OSamuel Wylie Crawford became assistant surgeon in the United States Army
on March lo, 1851. He was breveted colonel on July 2, 1863, for gallantry at
Gettysburg; brigadier general on March 13, 1865, for gallantry at Five Forks; and
major general on March 13, 1865. He became brigadier general of volunteers on
April 25, 1865, and major general of volunteers on August 1, 1864. He was cited
for conspicuous gallantry at Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Jericho Mills, Bethseda
Church, Petersburg and Globe Tavern and for faithful service in the campaign.
Ibid., I, 337.
131William Thompson Mechling graduated from the Military Academy in 1848,
and was dismissed from the United States Army August 15, 1855. He was a major
assistant adjutant-general in the Confederate States Army from 1861 to 1865. He
died October 1o, 1898. Ibid., I, 701.
132Charles Downes Jordan graduated from the Military Academy in 1842. He
was breveted first lieutenant on May 9, 1846, for gallantry at Palo Alto and Resaca
de la Palma. He was made major of the 5th Infantry February 27, 1862, and
retired from the United States Army on August 27, 1863. Ibid., I, 583.
saaThomas Klugh Jackson was graduated from the Military Academy in 1848
and resigned April 1, 1861, and became a captain in the infantry of the Confederate
States Army from 1861 to 1865. Ibid., I, 568.
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