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MARKING THE BOUNDARY
EARLY in the spring of 1873, I became interested in the
Government Expedition sent out to survey the boundary
line between the United States and Canada, from the
Lake of the Woods on the northern line of Minnesota,
west on the forty-ninth parallel of latitude to the foot-
hills of the Rocky Mountains.
The English Government sent out a similar expedition
to cooperate with the Americans. As the route was
through a perfectly wild country, a strong escort was
supplied by both governments, ours sending Troops D
and I of the famous Seventh Cavalry, U.S.A., officered
by Captains Weir and Keogh, Lieutenants Edgerly and
Porter, and Captain A. A. Harback's company of the
Troop I, with Captain Keogh and Lieutenant Porter,
was one of the five troops later wiped out with General
George A. Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn
River in Montana, June 25, 1876. Troop D, with Cap-
tain Weir and Lieutenant Edgerly, I am told, was in
Captain Benteen's command in this same memorable
.In St. Paul I had formed a close friendship with a
young man about my age, Charles W. Paist by name, and
we decided to make this venture together. We made ap-
plication to join the expedition as civilian employees,
were accepted, and shortly entrained on the Northern
Pacific Railway for Moorhead, Minnesota, where we
took a steamer down the Red River of the North for
Pembina, Dakota Territory, where there was a small
army post and where the expedition was to organize.
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/30/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.