officers and gentlemen who were with me, my most hearty thanks for their cordial co-operation with me in all the duties assigned to the expedition.
It is probably in a great measure owing to this harmonious action on the part of all persons attached to the expedition that it has resulted so fortunately.”
Of Captain McClellan
the introduction to the Report speaks thus:--“The astronomical observations were made by Captain George B. McClellan
, of the Engineer Corps, who, in addition to the duties properly pertaining to his department, performed those of quartermaster and commissary to the command.
An interesting collection of reptiles and other specimens, in alcohol, was also made under his superintendence, and put into the hands of Professors Baird
, of the Smithsonian Institution, whose reports will be found in the appendix.
For these and many other important services, as well as for his prompt and efficient co-operation in whatever was necessary for the successful accomplishment of the design of the expedition, I take this opportunity of tendering my warmest acknowledgments.”
The party were: received with peculiar warmth of welcome by the, garrison at Fort Arbuckle
; for they were supposed to have been, all massacred by the Comanche Indians
The account was brought by a Keechi Indian, and was so circumstantial and minute in every particular, and showed so perfect a knowledge of the movements of the expedition, as well as of its numbers and equipment, that it was believed to be true.
The report was carried to the