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y obstructing the march of the soldiers, multiplied the evils attending the campaign.
Difficulties of this nature came near causing the loss of the largest body of troops that ever ventured to cross the Rocky Mountains, although commanded by an experienced officer —Sidney Johnston, who would undoubtedly have played a distinguished part in the Confederate armies, if he had not met with a premature death at the outset of the war on the battle-field of Shiloh.
This little army, sent by President Buchanan in 1857 to reinstate the Federal authority among the Mormons, which they had disregarded, numbered twenty-five hundred combatants; but being obliged to carry eighteen months provisions, it had more than four thousand wagons in its train.
With such a train its march was delayed by the least obstacle.
At the crossing of every deep river, all the wagons had to be unloaded and set afloat, so as to be drawn to the opposite shore by ropes; then the provisions had to be carried by hand over