The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 68
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that he had omitted taking bearings over the route
travelled. In this I am supported by the Statement
of the men who had followed him after water during
the night, and who inform me it was not found until
the morning of the next day at about noon. I attribute
the cause of his getting lost from the zeal he displayed
in following the trail, he being largely interested in
finding Indians, having lost stock himself and cannot
under the circumstances attach any blame to him. I,
then changed my course in the direction of Double Lake
and marched about 15 miles when owing to the men
becoming Completely Exhausted, Continually falling
from their Horses, had much difficulty in making
progress. At last compelled to halt until the sun
went down, just before making this halt about a mile
back one of the men fainted. I directed Corporal Gil-
more and one man to remain with him and bring him
up as soon as he recovered.-This Corporal instead of
obeying my orders by rejoining the Command as soon
as the man was able, most disgracefully deserted with
sick man, and the man left with him. He is one of the
parties who accompanied Sergeant Umbles to Fort
Concho and propagated the infamous, false reports. I
afterwards learned that this Corporal and the two
privates lost their Horses and Equipments.-Soon after
this halt Lance Corporal Fremont without any author-
ity together with two men took their horses and two pack
mules and deserted the Command, which was at this
time suffering intensely for want of water. One of Luiet.
Coopers private Horses had become so exhausted he
was killed and his blood distributed among the men,
previous to this the Command were suffering so much
for water, they were compelled to drink their own
[and] their Horses Urine as also did the Horses and
mules, having sugar along I issued a liberal supply to
the men, which tended to make the Urine palatable.
At this halt we remained until about 11 Oclock P. M.
when I caused the Command to commence packing and
to saddle up, but owing to the exhausted condition of
the men it occupied at least (3) three hours to get
ready and to start. At this point a large portion of
the Rations had to be abandoned. I also was Com-
pelled to abandon one Horse unable to move. At about
2 O'clock A. M. of July 29th got started and marched
25 miles but owing to the intense heat and fearful
condition of the men was compelled to halt in a scrub
mesquite flat and obtain such little shelter as a saddle
Blanket would afford-during the last march one horse
and equipment were abandoned-We remained here
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