The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 10
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10 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
miles the old horse fell again and we left him-crossed a Saline
about 1-- miles in breadth had a tough time of it too I tell you-
about 20 got hold of the waggon and mules and pulled them all
over-camped on the bank at Camp Saline-where we found an
other horse for Knott-J K I-mounted Peter and rested his
horse-10 miles nooned and it commenced to rain again and
rained furiously-10 miles more thro a watery Perairie to. Camp
21st. [sic] Dorman and Alston were sent on to overtake the
foregoing company to get some ammunition-commenced to rain
and rained like the d - l-last rations of meat out-nothing
left-but about 3 pks of old beans and 2 bbls crakers and 100
miles to go-Starvation star[e]s us in the face-horses look very
badly--nothing but grass and not much of that-Still Perairie-
never saw so much rain in all my life-Knott broke his other
horse down-just as every one expected-Backed Peter again-
the foot or walking company increasing very fast-Cheney ['s]
mare gave out-travelled 12 miles and stoped to dinner in a
live oak grove and found another old horse-Cheney drew him
of course-The orderly--commissary Higgins and Mark were or-
dered on to Pt Isabel for the purpose of getting provisions and
meeting us-we will ere that time be nearly starved J K II horse
back very sore-thence on thro. watery Perairie low country-
10 miles to camp Sand Fort 22 miles today-several horses nearly
broke down. Guard all fell asleep-all hands rested well-horses
got away-but little grass-found all horses this 22nd morning-
picked up another horse for Cheney-passed an embankment
of white sand an area of about 50 acres-it was indeed a curi-
osity-grand gloomy--and interesting-the sand was of the whitest
purest character supposed by some to be produced by the reced-
ing of the flood or the effect of a whirlwind-others by a volcanic
eruption-and some the work of ant or gofers-in all human
probability it was a fort of antique structure-passed others thro
the day of less interest-however-but-all conspire to puzzel the
curious-rugged sandy country today-with here and there em-
bankments similar to those above described-or not so romantic-
10 miles and dined on nothing-waggon horses broke down-5
miles to an old ehapal or Ranch--Nations quite sick-saw several
parcel of mustangs--thence on thro the [most] picturesque coun-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927, periodical, 1926; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117142/m1/18/: accessed March 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.