The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983 Page: 80
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riages presentable to drive into the Post. We did not breakfast until
after seven, and it seemed much earlier, the sun was so long in climb-
ing the mountain sides before it took a peep at us in the valley below.
About half past eight we were ready to move, and it was with not a
little regret that I saw our tents struck for the last time, and knew that
my pleasant camp life was so nearly over. So on for the last twelve
miles of our drive we came through this beautiful canon, exclaiming
every moment at new wonders, the road winding in and around the
hills so often that it was impossible to guess which way we were to go,
and during this short drive we crossed the Limpia Creek 22 times,
which will give you some idea of the short turns we must have made.
About two miles from the Post, near the Station House we were met
by three of the officers, who had come out to receive their Colonel, and
very heartily they did it. From here we had a good view of the cleanly
cut mountain known as "Mitre Peak," and which on a clear day can
be easily seen from Stockton.63
In less than an hour, we dashed into the garrison where officers and
men were eagerly waiting to welcome us. So here I am safe and sound
and so ends my pleasant camp life, to which I shall ever look back as
one of the happiest epochs in my life, and as I sit here in my home-
like quarters, I cannot but be thankful to that Kind Providence, that
has brought us in safety to our Journey's end.
Affec yr daughter
Emily K Andrews-
S6Mitre Peak, in southeastern Jeff Davis County, about ten miles from the town of
Fort Davis, has an elevation of 6,ioo feet and is a well-known local landmark. Webb,
Carroll, and Branda (eds.), Handbook of Texas, II, 219. The station house referred to by
Mrs. Andrews was probably the mail station in the town of Fort Davis. Conkling and
Conkling, The Butterfield Overland Mail, II, 25-26.
"Officers' Row," Fort Davis, Texas. Courtesy Barker Texas History Center.
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