Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 98 of 368
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SAFE RETURN OF 'THE PARTY.
the road we emerged from the Cross-Timbers, and passing over a range
of low mountains lying south of Wild Horse Creek valley, encamped
nine miles from Fort Arbuckle.
July 28.-At one o'clock this morning we were upon the road
again, and at daylight marched into Fort Arbuckle, where we found
our friends much astonished and delighted at our sudden appearance
among them, when they had supposed us all massacred by the Comanches.
We are much indebted to the kind hospitality of the officers
stationed here for the generous supply of vegetables with which they
furnished one entire command during our stay with them. After an
exclusive diet of meat and bread for several months, we could not have
had a more welcome present than the fine fresh vegetables which their
I shall remain here for two or three days to dispose of the stores on
our hands, recruit our animals, and get the company in readiness to
return to its station at Fort Belknap, under charge of Lieutenant Updegraff.
I feel a sincere regret at parting with the company, as the uniform
good conduct of the men during.the entire march of about a thousand
miles merits my most sincere and heartfelt approbation. I have seldom
had occasion even to reprimand one of them. All have performed
the arduous duties assigned them with the utmost alacrity and good
will; and when (as was sometimes the case) we were obliged to make
long marches, and drink the most disgusting water for several days
together, instead of murmuring and making complaints, they were
cheerful and in good spirits. I owe them, as well as the officers and
gentlemen who were with me, my most hearty thanks for their cordial
co-operation with me in all the duties assigned to the expedition. It is
probably in a great measure owing to this harmonious action on the
part of all persons attached to the expedition that it has resulted so
We have lost no men by death, and, with the exception of the two
cases of scurvy, there has been no sickness of consequence. And instead
of any of our animals dying or straying away, we have had tbe
especial good fortune of adding three horses, which we found upon the
plains, to the number we received at the commencement of the march.
The animals, and particularly the oxen, many Qf which were so poor
when they left Preston as to be considered almost useless, have all
returned in fine condition, and are now much better capable of perform'
ing service than when they came into our hands.
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Marcy, Randolph Barnes. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan., book, 1854; Washington, DC. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6105/m1/98/: accessed May 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .