USG had not written of his promotion and had apparently been mistaken
about it. Capt. W. W. S. Bliss died on Aug. 5, 1853, and four days later Secretary
of War Jefferson Davis sent USG a notice of promotion. He was then ordered to
join Co. F at Fort Humboldt, Calif. Copy, DNA, RG 94, ACP 4754/1885.
1st Lt. Lewis Cass Hunt was under the command of Bvt. Lt. Col. Robert
Christie Buchanan, soon to command USG.
Dr. Joseph Howard Bailey of N. Y., asst. surgeon, U. S. Army.
Bvt. Maj. Isaac Ingalls Stevens of Mass., USMA 1839, resigned March
16, 1853, to accept an appointment as Governor of Washington Territory. He
was then appointed director of the survey of a northern route for a Pacific railway.
Several army officers were assigned to assist in preparing the survey, including
Bvt. Capt. George Brinton McClellan of Pa., USMA 1846, who commanded an
expedition outfitted by USG at Fort Vancouver.
To Julia Dent Grant
Columbia Bks. W. T.
June 28th 1853
By this Mail I recieved no letter from you, nor from any one
at your house. Where Mails come but twice per month it does
seem as though I might expect news from you and our dear
I cannot say that I have been atal well since my return from
California. I have had a very sever cold and have been, necessarily, very busily engaged fitting out the expedition going out
to meet Major Stevens of the Rail Road surveying party, and
another party going into the Cascade range of mountains for the
purpose of exploring are to be fitted out also.
1 I have purcased
for them within a few days some two hundred horses besides
other property and have still more to get. The present state of the
Columbia makes transportation very difficult so I have to get
Indians to pack, on their backs, all the provisions of one of these
parties, over the portage at the Cascades, about forty five miles
above here. The two companies of Infantry that come around
Cape Horn have arrived, and with them, four families. Maj.
Rains & lady & children, Mrs. Haller and two children, Mrs.
Maloney and Mrs. Forsyth.
2 Forsyth was detained, on duty, at
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861.
Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1967.
Page number: 303.
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