The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 468
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
day Sunday had a hard march to overtake the Reg, at about
9 oclock at night, where they were camped in a thick woodland,
the scene on driving through the camp in the darkness with a
thousand camp fires blazing around the white tents with the glim-
mering fire light shining upon them the soldiers standing around
some bending over the Kettles cooking their suppers others seated
on their blankets talking over the expected pleasures of the cam-
paign. as a great accommodation and on account of ill health I
was permitted to sleep on the floor of an old school house as a
cold drizzling rain was falling. Quartermaster Johnson"1 gave
us our supper. Tonight I camped with the rest sleeping on the
ground in a tent, the little ones enjoying the frolic vastly, our
wall tent is just io feet square. excellent beef was supplied us
today by our butcher with whom a contract is made to supply the
Reg through the whole march. A Soldier was so tipsy that he fell
from his horse and was killed he was burried on the roadside-
Was up at 4 oclock, trumpets sounded boots and saddles, at 6,
all started merrily, passed through some high mountains where
the scenery was quite imposing I had no idea Missouri could
boast of such, overtook a party of emmigrants to Kansas waggons
all in the tents pitched by 9 oclock PM the order of our march is
thus. Ist. Pioneers, then 2 my carriage 3d Capt Oaks 4 Capt
Palmer's 5 Lieut Johnsons, 6th Column then the waggons and
then the rear guard12 Some hours before we leave camp the
butcher goes ahead with the forage master & Quarter master, who
purchase forage select the camp and have the beef ready by the
time the troops arrive, on arriving the Quartermaster meets the
ladies and designates the spot selected for their accommodation
giving the the [sic] first choice of Mother Earth whereon to make
the "old army," he published in 1855 a manual on tactics that was used by both
the Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War.
lieutenant Richard W. Johnson, regimental quartermaster and executive of-
ficer of Company G. Johnson later published A Soldier's Reminiscences, which
casts light on the personality and activities of many other members of the
12James Oakes and Innis N. Palmer. Four officers' families, including those of
Oakes and Palmer, accompanied the regiment. Strict military protocol seems to
have been observed in the order of march, with the Colonel's lady first, then
respectively the wives of the senior captain, junior captain, and lieutenant.
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