The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 433
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was announced to the Batn. and we halted for the day to pay off the
Batn. and make the dispositions necessary to our separation.
Dec. 24 Thursday-Capt. [W. C.] Gibbs took with one wagon the
Burr's Ferry road,129 while the remainder of the Batn. continued
on the Niblett's Ferry road, 2o miles.
Dec. 25 Friday-Having made every arrangement last night for
a separation of Co. D it was permitted, having the lightest wagon,
to march on ahead of us, which it did, but we overtook and camped
with it at night, having marched 26 miles to the fork of the road
to Spike's ferry.180
Dec. 26 Saturday-Proceeded without accident until 4 P.M. when
one wheel of the staff wagon was smashed up. Fixing a pole under
the hind axle we went 2 miles further, making our 20 miles and
Dec. 27 Sunday-Lightening the broken wagon and procuring
another at the first house, we marched 24 miles carrying knapsacks
and blankets, arriving at the [Niblett's] Bluff a little after dark .to
find Col. Spaight and the Adjt. there but no boat, as had been
Dec. 28 Monday-No boat yet. Why don't it come? It is cer-
tainly very aggravating after marching so hard to meet the boat
here within a day's run of home, to lie up and wait her coming
and dream of the postponed happiness of arriving home. Confound
Dec. 29 Tuesday-Why don't the boat come, is the inquiry of
many anxious souls. She has been cursed by many. Will she never
come? I will go to sleep and try to quit thinking, to dream of home.
129The men in Captain Gibbs' Company C were principally from the central
part of Newton County.
i3s0A crossing on the Sabine River, later known as Whitman's Ferry, was lo-
cated between the Seth Swift League in Newton County and Section 27, Township 5
South, Range 13 West, Beauregard Parish. Most of the men in Company D were
from Spurger and Town Bluff in Tyler County and a road ran due west from
Spike's Ferry across Newton and Jasper Counties to these communities.
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