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e main column was to move southward to strike the Indians along the Washita, or still farther south on branches of the Red River. It was no small nor easy task to outfit all these troops by the time cold weather set in, and provide for them during the winter, but by the 1st of November I had enough supplies accumulated at Forts Dodge and Lyon for my own and Carr's columns, and in addition directed subsistence and forage for three months to be sent to Fort Gibson for final delivery at Fort Arbuckle, as I expected to feed the command from this place when we arrived in the neighborhood of old Fort Cobb, but through some mismanagement few of these stores got further than Gibson before winter came on. November I, all being ready, Colonel Crawford was furnished with competent guides, and, after sending two troops to Fort Dodge to act as my escort, with the rest of his regiment he started from Topeka November 5, under orders to march straight for the rendezvous at the junction of Bea
along in our march, till finally they were decently interred at Fort Arbuckle. At an early hour on December 12 the command pulled out froto grow scarce, I had all except a few of the strongest sent to Fort Arbuckle, near which place we had been able, fortunately, to purchase sor hundred miles off, and the road abominable, particularly east of Arbuckle, where it ran through a low region called boggy bottom. All along the men. Still, it would not do to withdraw, so I made a trip to Arbuckle chiefly for the purpose of reorganizing the transportation, but alut a formidable expedition against the Cheyennes, so I set out for Arbuckle accompanied by my quartermaster, Colonel A. J. McGonigle. Californ we had to make most of the way on foot, so by the time we reached Arbuckle I was glad to abandon the new road project. Finding near ArbucArbuckle more fields of corn than those already purchased, I had them bought also, and ordered more of the horses back there to be fed. I next dete