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abounds with lime and sandstone suitable for building, but the post
oak is the only timber of any consequence that can be procured
within ioo miles of the post, and it is fit for little else than the
heavier pieces of carpentry, such as rafters, plates, joists, and sleepers.
With the exception of two or three rude, jacal huts occupied by
officers, the whole command are in tents. Of the buildings projected
(Figure N.) only the Hospital, one set of Company quarters, and
the Storehouse are under roof. The shingles for covering these were
cut by the troops on the San Saba, ioo miles distant.
The lands occupied for public purposes and from which fuel, stone,
and timber are taken, are owned by S. A. Maverick and R. A. Howard,
with neither of whom, it is believed, has any arrangement been made
for such occupany [sic] and use of fuel and building material.
The Comanches are the only Indians who have visited the post
since its establishment. I could obtain only a vague estimate of their
numbers. They have no permanent Camps, but for the last year the
band of San-a-cho, one of the principal chiefs, has lived within 50
or 6o miles of the post.
The Head Quarters and five companies (A, C, G, I, K) of the 8th
Infantry are stationed at Fort Chadbourne, Lt. Col. W. Seawell of
that regiment being in command. The troops were reviewed and
inspected August 27th, and turned out on that day as follows:-
Field and Staff. Lt. Col. W. Seawell, 1 Lt. E. B. Holloway, Regtl.
Q. Master, i Lt. T. G. Pitcher, Adjutant, Asst.
Surgeon E. Swift,160 and 17 men of the Non-Com-
missioned Staff and Band.
Company A. ist Lt. L. B. Wood, (Bvt. Capt.) and 40 men. 1st
Lt. J. G. S. Snelling, (Bvt. Capt.) of Compy. D,
but temporarily attached to A, was on sick report.
Company C. 2d Lt. M. Smith,l61 Bvt. 2d Lt. A. P. Bagby,162
and 38 men.
Company G. 2d Lt. R. I. Dodge,'63 and 42 men.
eooEbenezer Swift was breveted lieutenant colonel and colonel March 13, 1865,
for faithful service during the war, and brigadier general July so, 1867, for mer-
itorious service vountarily rendered during cholera at Fort Harker, Kansas. He
died December 24, 1885. F. B. Heitman, Historical Register of the United States
Army, I, 941.
6lMelancthon Smith, who had graduated from the Military Academy in 1851,
resigned his commission November 9, 1854. He was a colonel in the artillery of
the Confederate States Army from 1861 to 1865. He died November 1, 1881. Ibid.,
162Second Lieutenant Arthur Pendleton Bagby graduated from the Military
Academy in 1852. He resigned from the United States Army on September 3o, 1853,
and served as brigadier general in the Confederate States Army from 1861 to 1865.
Ibid., I, 18o.
1e6Richard Irving Dodge graduated from the Military Academy in 1848. He was
breveted lieutenant colonel on March o30, 1865, for faithful service in recruiting;
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