Camp near Benecia Calif'o
September 3d 1852
To THE BOARD OF SURVEY CONVENED
BY ORDERS No 67.
I respectfully submit the following statement relative to the loss of Public property whilst crossing the Isthmus of Panama.
The Regiment sailed from New York on the 5th of July under a contract which was to cover all expenses of transportation on land and water. Upon arriving at Navy Bay it was decided, by the contracting parties, or their agents to send the troops by the Gorgona route, and the baggage by the Cruses route.
Upon arriving at Cruses I found that the agent of the contracting party, had entered into a contract with a Mr Duckworth for the transportation of baggage &c from there to Panama.
After waiting three days for Mr Duckworth to furnish transportation I found that, at the terms he had agreed upon he was entirely unable to comply with his engagements. I was obliged therefore to enter into a contract myself for the transportation of our baggage. This detained me two days more in Cruses waiting to see the Regimental baggage packed or safely stored.
During this detention the Cholera broke out among the few troops left with me, as a guard, so virulently that I was obliged, on the recommendation of Surgeon Tripler, 1 to put them under cover. The baggage being protected only by tents was of course liable to the depridations of the inhabitants untill it could be got under cover.
Buildings were procured immediately, upon the Guard being relieved, to put the property in. All the natives that could be induced to work (about ten in number) were employed to pack this property and store it. But there being a large amount, in bulk and weight, it could not be removed in one day, neither