The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 95
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you are already in possession of. The peace prospects, once so flourish-
ing, have again expired. Nothing remains but grim visages of war, with
all its gloomy forebodings (Fight it Outl). This seems to be the new
order, as none other is left. This will, however, always seem more
honorable to the Army than reconstruction upon any terms likely to
be offered, so long as it remains intact as it is.
Floods of rains pour upon us almost continually, while streams are
filled to the highest mark. So much so that it is virtually impossible
to travel. Yet it is indeed a poor excuse with our Division Commander.
We were glad to hear that your health was improving and also that
you had now a position that would enable you to protect yourselves
from exposure. The boys here are all in pretty good health, but all
are entirely out of funds. This army has received but one month's pay
in new issue, and then only those who were fortunate enough to be
present were paid. The government is therefore about twelve months
behind in paying off the troops. Nor is there any funds in the De-
partment here at this time. But they certainly will have some before
a great while.
Two years commutation is also due the boys, which-taken to-
gether with wages already due-would make them flush if paid up.
The Paymaster's Department is conducted entirely by the Division
Quartermaster whose name is Major Williams. Regimental or Brigade
QM's are not allowed to handle funds at all, as was the case when
you were with us. So soon, however, as I ascertain the fact that they
are in possession of funds, I will myself go up and see what can be
done and you may rest assured that I will collect it for you, if they
will pay claims at all; and if not I will find out why.
N. L. Davis has promised me he will pay up his claim so soon as he
is paid enough to liquidate the sum. John Brown denies owing any-
thing. I will send you the amount paid by each, which will show who
has paid and the amount. The account of expenses paid also on horses,
I have, but may have to draw it off anew. I don't see why it should not
be paid off, as I see it is endorsed by Colonel Beatty. But nothing at
all can be done until they fetch funds, which I hope may [be] soon.
I have never yet received one dollar in new issue from the government,
but have managed as well as the rest, I believe.
There was a grand festival and barbecue given to this Division
on the 18th inst., by citizens of Caddo and Bassier, and also Harrison
County, Texas. We had a sham battle. Was reviewed by General E.
Kirby Smith, and after speeches by several distinguished gentlemen.
Then they issued a jigger of whiskey to each of us. Then came the
barbecue. Imagine 16 tables 70 yards long filled with all of the substan-
tials, necessary to make us relish our grub for instance. 140 hogs,
light bread and potatoes to match, mutton, turkeys, chickens, cake,
pie, etc. and etc. There were near 4000 of us present and almost as
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