LS, DNA, RG 92, Letters Received. This is the earliest report known of USG as quartermaster.
Bvt. Maj. Gen. Thomas Sidney Jesup of Ohio, served as quartermaster‐ general from 1818 to 1860.
Ponti Agrudo, Mexico.
September 6th 1846.
MY DEAREST JULIA
We have left Camargo on our way for Monteray, where it is possible we will have a grand fight. We are now within Six days march of Monteray but it is probable we will not start from here, or from Ser albo, 1 quite a fine city Twelve miles from Ponti Agrudo, for some ten or twelve days yet. When we do start I will write again if an opportunity occurs to send the letter. I am much in hopes my Dearest Julia after this moove our difficulties will be brought to a close, and I be permitted to visit the North again. If ever I get to the states again it will be but a short time till I will be with you Dearest Julia. If these Mexicans were any kind of people ef they would have given us a chance to whip them enough some time ago and now the difficulty would be over; but I belive they think they will out-do us by keeping us runing over the country after them. 2 I have traveled from Matamoras here, by land, a distance of two hundred miles. In this distance there is at least fifteen thousand persons, almost evry one a farmer and on the whole road there is not, I dont belive, ten thousand acres of land cultivate[d] On our way we passed through Reynoso, Old Reynoso Camargo, & Mier, all of them old deserted looking places, that is if you only look at the houses, but if you look at the people you will find that there is scarsely an old wall standing that some family does not live behind. It is a great mistery to me how they live—Fred. is not with us yet. If he does not make haste he will not have the pleasure of making himself heard of