The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 210
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number of horses swept off. The Captain stated that the loss in his
own company had been more than sufficient to pay the salary of a
The duty of the Veterinary Surgeon should be to instruct the
farriers of companies, and he should be a member of every Board
of Survey ordered for the inspection of horses of the regiment. The
office or grade of principal farrier formerly existed-see Act, March
So, 1814, section 4-
3.-Farriers, blacksmiths, saddlers and wheelwrights. Every troop
of Cavalry and company of Light Artillery, should have a farrier,
a blacksmith, and a saddler. These grades were formerly authorized
-see acts, April 12, 18o8, Section 2-June 26, 1812, section 4-March
3o, 1814, section 5. The Mounted Riflemen are now allowed a farrier
and a blacksmith, while in the dragoon regiments the same person
is both farrier and blacksmith. The Light Artillery now have but
two artificers. One of these might act as farrier, the other as black-
smith, and two more should be added, a saddler and a wheelwright.
.--Manual for Colt's Revolver Pistol. This arm being now adopt-
ed into service, instructions for loading and keeping it in order,
should be published. An intelligent Cavalry officer who has had
experience with the pistol, could best prepare such instructions.
2.-Hats. I find the light broad brim Texas hat, of various forms
and shades of colour, almost- universally worn on scouts and about
the garrison, when not on duty. The present uniform cap is re-
garded as entirely unsuited to this hot climate. It is suggested whether
it might not be expedient to adopt a hat of a proper pattern for
the warm seasons.
3.-Hunting Shirts. The Cavalry on scouts invariably wore hunt-
ing shirts, generally of dark blue flannel. They are more comfortable
than coats or jackets and are a great protection to their clothing. The
practice is irregular, but it might be well to sanction it by issuing
such shirts, properly made, in lieu of the white cotton fatigue, or
stable frocks, now allowed and which from their colour are of very
4.-Farm culture. The circumstances of the service in Texas do
not admit of any attempts at farm culture, and no efforts have, there-
fore, been made to carry out in this respect the provisions of "General
Orders," No. 1 of 1851. That order is a dead letter in the 8th Depart-
ment, and as it has not been found to work well anywhere, its
revocation would seem to be proper.
5.--Post books. Commanders of posts are required to perform
duties which make it indispensable that they should keep certain
books, such as Morning Report, Guard, Order and Letter books,
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