1856-1858 Ledger, & newspaper articles dating between 1866 and 1871, online.

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Tue November 06 2007, 08:43 AM
1856-1858 Ledger, & newspaper articles dating between 1866 and 1871, online.

On a cold damp Dallas sidewalk in the Fall of 2001, several boxes of old books were rescued from the steel jaws of a trash truck Found inside one of these boxes was an old dusty ledger The ledger contains entries signed by a "Capt. W.B. Blair", San Antonio, Texas, covering the years 1856-1858. This ledger is most likely a hand-written copy of Captain William B. Blair's records for the US Army's Office of Home Subsistence, Department of Texas. The ledger entries detail correspondence between the various U.S. Army officers assigned across the State of Texas. These letters discuss the different types and amounts of Subsistence Stores for each Fort and Camp. Local contracts, bonds, advertisements and transportation of these goods are generally referred to in these entries. Some of the Texas Forts and Camps covered in the ledger include Fort Belknap, Fort Brown, Fort Chadbourne, Fort Clark, Fort Davis, Fort Duncan, Fort Filmore, Fort Inge, Fort Lancaster, Fort Mason, Fort McIntosh, Fort McKavett, Camp Colorado, Camp Verde, Ringgold Barracks and other locations.

Approximately one third of the pages in this ledger are covered by newspaper articles dating between 1866 and 1871. These newspaper articles are glued to the pages of the ledger, covering many more of the US Army journal entries and are well preserved. The articles are a rich mix of various family histories, womens' issues, anti-Yankee editorials, and post civil war period facts of that era. Some of these articles are believed to have a connection with a Miss Hattie Jones of Marshall, Texas.

A large volume type book, this ledger is a 9 ½" by 12" by 2 3/8". The front and back covers are edged along the top and bottom with a 2" brown leather strip. The binding of the ledger is gone. The pages are very thick and have remained intact between the front and back covers. The pages are used on both sides and are numbered to approximately 440 pages. The edges of the pages are torn and stained as old worn pages usually are. The majority of the ink has faded to a light brown color. The hand writing is legible with few exceptions. Some of the words are abbreviated with abbreviations indigenous to that time in history which, of course, leads to interpretations of what the actual words might have been. Because of its historical value, age and condition, an inventory of each page, dated entry, art print and newspaper articles have been carefully conducted in the Table of Contents.

Table of Contents

Pages 1 - 40

Pages 41 - 80

Pages 81 - 120

Pages 121 - 160

Pages 161 - 200

Pages 201 - 240

Pages 241 - 280

Pages 281 - 320

Pages 321 - 360

Pages 361 - 400

Pages 401 - 440

Transcribed Ledger Entries: 1858 Transcribed Newspaper articles from 1866 -1871