could the natives be kept employed at night. —Hence a portion of the property was left one night unprotected.
Had transportation been furnished promptly at Cruses, as it should have been under the contract, it is my opinion that but little or no loss would have been sustained.
|Yours very Respectfully|
|(Signed)||U. S. GRANT|
|Bt Cap.t & Reg. 1 Qr. Mr. 4th Infy|
Copy, DNA, RG 92, Consolidated Correspondence 350. For details on the Panama crossing, see July 21, 1852. Proceedings of the board of survey and the original of USG's report were sent by Lt. Col. B. L. E. Bonneville to Bvt. Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Jesup on Sept. 13, 1852. The documents were copied in the Q. M. office and the originals forwarded to Secretary of War Charles M. Conrad. Ibid. The original apparently served as the basis for the text printed in Richardson, pp. 141-42. The board of survey consisted of USG, 1st Lt. Thomas Jefferson Montgomery, and 1st Lt. William H. Scott, was ordered on Sept. 4, 1852 "to investigate, and Report upon the losses, and damages of public property ..." It concluded that "every exertion was used by officers to protect public property from loss or damage." Copy, ibid. A list of the "Cost of clothing Camp & Garrison Equipage appertaining to the 4th Regt of Infantry unavoidably lost or necessarily destroyed in crossing the Isthmus of Panama" puts the total value at $1349.76 3/4. Ibid., Miscellaneous Records, Pre-Civil War Period.
Sept. 14th 1852
MY DEAREST JULIA;
We have left Benicia for our station at Fort Van Couver where we will arrive, probably, in about four days. 1 We are aboard of a nice little steamer that is perfectly sea-worthy, but from the present movements I know that I am bound to be sea