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Catalog Number 1929.035.010l
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content Letter to James B. Witherell at Fort Clark, Texas on a blue colored piece of paper with four separate pages folded into one single sheet of paper. The letter begins in the far right panel on the recto side, starting with Indianola January 8 and below Dear Witherell. The handwriting on the left panel of the recto side is the final page of the letter. The verso side is pages two and three of the letter. It reads:

Indianola Thursday
January 8.
Dear Witherell.
Just as I was on the point of leaving San Antonio for this place, I was much gratified to hear of your late affair with the Indians, and if I had time, it would have given me much pleasure to have sent for my congratulations for your success, before coming here.
I gave the editor of the San Antonio paper the facts, so he could publish it in his next issue, and I suppose in time you will see yourself in the papers.
The Editor of the Austin times was in San Antonio at the time the news reached us, and Col. Johnston gave him the details + he wrote a letter to his paper which I suppose has been published on this.
The people should know of our successes, for every petty depredation is spread with additions all over the country, and we in justice to ourselves as well as for the sake of the [???] should have all of our successes made known.
Johnston, with 25 men of his Co. (Fl) has lately had a big fight on the Concho. He killed three, mortally wounded three, took 34 horses, one captive Mexican, and a lot of plunder. Had two of his men killed and five wounded.
Bradfute, [?], and his fight in one months speaks well for the 2nd Cav.
Tell Owens that Porter was with Johnson.
We leave here to return to San Antonio on Sunday next.
My kind regards to Capt. Oakes, and hoping you may ever meet with success. I remain,
yours truly,
Date 1857
People Witherell, James B.
Extent of Description 7.97" x 10.29"
Collection Biographical
Search Terms US Army
Mexican-American War