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one or more of their number should be associated with the purchas-
ing Quartermaster, and have a voice in the selections made.
4.-Cavalry Saddles. Complaints are made that the saddles now
furnished by Grimsley are inferior in material and workmanship to
those made by him a few years since. They are said, moreover, to
flare too much in front, letting down the saddle so as to gall the
horse's withers. I noticed many of the horses of the Riflemen were
injured in this place.
5.-Brands for public horses. These should be furnished to every
company of Light Artillery and troop of Cavalry. There is now but
little uniformity in the mode of branding, and the instruments used
are often the rudest imaginable. As far as I can learn the only thing
regarded as directory on the subject is a plate in the Cavalry tactics,
illustrating the "position of the trooper mounted," (see plate 51,
Vol. 2), where the horse is represented with the letters "U.S.D." (a
mere fancy of the artist) on his left haunch. It is suggested that when-
ever a horse is purchased by the Quartermaster's Department he be
branded, distinctly, with the letters "U.S." on his right fore shoulder;
when turned over to the artillery, or cavalry, say, to Company A,
2d Dragoons, the Company brand be placed on him, thus: "2 D"
on left fore shoulder, and "A" on the left haunch. When the horse
is condemned, the letter "C" should be placed on his right haunch.
6.-Barrack furniture and Barrack Masters. Besides conducing
greatly to the comfort of both officers and men, the movements of
troops would be much less hampered were a small allowance of indis-
pensable articles of barrack furniture, such as chairs, tables, ward-
robes or chests, and iron bedsteads, provided, with a barrack master
to take charge of them and the quarters, and to see that all damages
sustained by either were made good by the responsible person.
Sales of subsistence stores to oficers. While the liberality of this
department is universally admitted, there was a dissatisfaction on the
part of many at being compelled to pay the expense of transportation
of provisions from the Coast to their posts, when these provisions
are hauled in public wagons driven by their own men. This extra
charge too is not paid to the Department (the Quartermaster's) that
furnishes the means of conveyance for the stores, but to one that
incurs no expense beyond their first purchase. The officers contend
that it is hard enough to be ordered to a remote interior post and
subjected to many discomforts, without being compelled in addition
to pay for going there. I have prepared a statement showing the
variation of prices at the several posts, and it will be found at the
end of the papers appended to this report. Subsistence stores for the
posts in the 8th Department enter Texas at three points only, viz.-
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