ALS, DNA, RG 94, ACP 4754/1885, envelope marked "On Pub. Serv." and postmarked Natchitoches, March 18, 1845. USG had been a bvt. 2nd It. since his graduation from USMA.
Near Nachitoches La.
Tuesday, May 6th 1845
MY DEAR JULIA
I have just arrived 1 at Camp Salubrity after a tolerably pleasant trip of only one week from St. Louis, with one days detention at the mouth of Red River. I am here just in time; one day later I would have probablyan excuse to write. Whilst at the mouth of Red river I met with Lt. Baker who is strait from Fort Towson. 2 He left there only about one week ago. Fred. is very well, and would have been in Missouri with me but his commanding officer refused him a leave. It was right mean in him was'nt it?—Evry thing at Camp Salubrity Looks as usual only much greener from the contrast between the advancement of the season here and in the North. Though we are so far South and vegetation so far advanced a fire this evening is very comfortable. The officers are all collected in little parties discussing affairs of the nation. Annexation of Texas, war with Mexico, occupation of Orregon and difficulties with England are the general topics. Some of them expect and seem to contemplate with a great deal of pleasure some difficulty where they may be able to gain laurels and advance a little in rank. Any moove would be pleasant to me since I am so near promotion that a change of post would not affect me long. I have advanced three in rank very lately, leaving only five between me and promotion. —Mr. Hazlitt has gone to Fort Jesup and wont be back for a week; he left this morning before I got here. —It seems very strange for me to be siting here at Camp Salubrity writing to you when only a little more than one short week ago I was spending my time so