James Bryant Hoover Mileage Chart
Buffalo, Missouri to Bent's Fort
Edited from Diary
September 1847 - March 1848

     James Bryant Hoover and 132 other men from Dallas County, Missouri, were part of Captain Thomas Jones's Company B, Mounted Santa Fe Trace Battalion, Missouri Volunteers, in the War with Mexico. The Company arrived at Fort Leavenworth, September 8, 1847, and was mustered in on September 11.
     Lieutenant Colonel W. Gilpens [sic] Battalion of Missouri Cavalry volunteers for the plains. This book giving a true statement of our travel from the day we left Buffalo, the county seat of Dallas, showing the day's march and encampments and many other things.

Buffalo, Missouri to Bent's Fort Distance
August 30, 1847 -- Buffalo, Missouri 0 miles
31st -- Encamped at Mr. Tucker's in the edge of the North Prairie no miles given
September 1st -- One mile north of Warsaw no miles given
Second Day -- One mile from Calhoun no miles given
Third Day -- Camped in Grand Prairie near Carpenters no miles given
Fourth -- Camped in Grand Prairie near Daniels no miles given
Fifth Day -- Camped five miles from Independence 5 miles
Sixth -- Marched to Independence - then camped on the Big Blew no miles given
Seventh Day -- Passed Westport, camped in the Indian Nation no miles given
Eighth -- Marched within two miles of the Fort and camped no miles given
Ninth -- Marched through Ft. Leavenworth two miles and camped no miles given
Tenth -- remained at camp no miles given
Eleventh Day -- Mustered into service of the United States no miles given
Twelfth -- Marched into Fort to be organized no miles given
Thirteenth -- Returned to former camp no miles given
Fourteenth -- Went to Fort to draw our bounty money no miles given
Fifteenth -- Returned to camp - paymaster behind no miles given
Sixteenth -- Went back and drew our pay no miles given
Seventeenth -- Went to Weston for supplies no miles given
18th -- Remained at our camp writing letters no miles given
Nineteenth -- Still at the camp shoeing our horses no miles given
Twentieth -- Still at the camp shoeing our horses no miles given
Twenty-first -- Still at the camp shoeing our horses no miles given
Twenty-second -- Ordered to march to Mansfort [Fort Mann] - marched two miles 2 miles
Twenty-third -- Marched within six miles of Caw river, camped in Delaware Nation no miles given
Twenty-fourth -- Crossed the river, camped in the Grand Prairie no miles given
Twenty-fifth -- Marched towards Pilot Grove and camped no miles given
Twenty-sixth -- Marched, camped at Yawkernut Pond no miles given
Twenty-eighth -- Marched into plains, camped at Bee Tree Ponds no miles given
Twenth-ninth -- Marched all day till eleven in the night, camped 110 mile Creek no miles given
Thirtieth -- We lay by no miles given
October first -- Marched six miles to Swisters Creek, camped 6 miles
Second Day -- Marched and camped on Creek no miles given
Third Day -- Marching fifteen miles, camped on Big John Creek 15 miles
Fourth -- Marched three miles, camped at the Council Grove 3 miles
Fifth day -- We lay by no miles given
Sixth -- Marched 20 miles, camped at Diamond Spring 20 miles
Seventh day -- Marching 20 miles, camped at Lost Spring 20 miles
Eighth -- Marched 15 miles, camped at the Cottonwood 15 miles
Ninth day -- Marched 20 miles, camped on Turkey creek 20 miles
Tenth day -- Marched 25 miles, camped on Little Arkansas 25 miles
Eleventh day -- Remained at the same place, Buffalo hunting no miles given
Twelfth day -- Moved our camp one mile down river 1 mile
Fifteenth day -- We turned for Ft. Man no miles given
Twenty-fourth day -- Camped on Big Cow creek Six days march
Twenty-fifth -- Marched 20 miles, Camped on Big Arkansas river 20 miles
Twenty-sixth -- Marched 10 miles, camped on Walnut creek 10 miles
Twenty-seventh day -- Marched 3 miles and camped 3 miles
28th -- Remained at the same camp no miles given
29th -- Remained in same camp no miles given
30th -- Still lay at our old camp no miles given
31st -- Marched 8 miles, camped at the mouth of Ash Creek 8 miles
November first day -- Marched 16 miles, camped on Pawnee fork 16 miles
2nd day -- Marched 12 miles, camped on the Arkansas 12 miles
3rd day -- Marched 15 miles, camped on Arkansas 15 miles
4th day -- Marching 14 miles, camped on the river 14 miles
5th day -- Marched 8 miles, passed Grand Cave spring, camped Jackson's Grove 8 miles
6th day -- Remained at the Grove no miles given
7th day -- Marched 15 miles, camped at Mans Fort 15 miles
8th day -- Remained at the Fort, engaged in writing letters no miles given
9th day -- We still lay by on account of the snow no miles given
10th day -- Marched 7 miles up the river and camped 7 miles
11th day -- Marched 10 miles and camped 10 miles
12th day -- Marched 10 miles 10 miles
13th day -- Remained at camp no miles given
14th day -- Marched 6 miles, camped in an island 6 miles
15th -- Marched 14 miles, camped on the river 14 miles
16th -- Marched 12 miles, camped at the Indian Island 12 miles
17th -- Marched 14 miles, camped 2 miles above the Cheyenne encampment 14 miles
18th -- Marched 15 miles and camped at the Porcupine camp 15 miles
19th -- Marched 16 miles, camped on the main river 16 miles
20th -- Marched 12 miles, camped in a salt bottom 12 miles
21st -- Marched 10 miles, camped on Arkansas, in an island, lower end big timber no miles given
22nd -- Marched 10 miles, camped in the big timber 10 miles
23rd -- Lay by at the old camp no miles given
24th -- Moved in order to get better range for the animals no miles given
25th -- We lay by no miles given
26th -- Marched 10 miles, encamped above the Cheyenne village 10 miles
27th -- Marched 12 miles, camped on main Arkansas 12 miles
28th -- Marched 6 miles and camped on the river six miles below Bentsfort 6 miles given
29th -- Moved across the river and camped no miles given
30th -- Remained in camp no miles given
December the first day -- We lay by no miles given
Second day -- We still lay by no miles given
Third day -- Also lay by no miles given
Fourth day -- We still lay by no miles given
5th day -- Still in camp received some Indian Lodges for winter quarters no miles given
6th day -- Still lay at the old camp drilling and received supplies no miles given
7th day -- Still lay at camp no miles given
Remained near Bentsfort until the 31st of December and buried William Bridges at Bentsfort no miles given
January 1, 1848 -- We still lay near Bents Fort no miles given
9th day -- Still remained at same camp no miles given
16th of January -- Still remain at same camp no miles given
January 17th -- Still remain at same camp, there are no provisions to draw on today no miles given
19th -- Still remain at same camp, pack mules reached us with provisions no miles given
22nd -- We moved our camp two miles up the river to get better range 2 miles
24th -- Remained at same camp no miles given
25th -- Escort of ten men sent to Bents no miles given
29th -- Express passed from the States to Santa Fe, no news from the war or letters no miles given
February the first day -- Moved camp 3 miles down the river for better range 3 miles
2nd day -- Rapaho Indian came to our camp and ate dinner with us no miles given
4th day -- Remained in camp, [A]Rapaho nation passed up river on opposite side no miles given
8th day -- Remained in camp, in evening our boys returned from Red River no miles given
9th to March 4th -- Remained in same camp no miles given
5th and 9th -- Preparing to march against the Comanche Indians no miles given
9th -- Express from Leavenworth arrived at Bentsfort, letters from family and friends no miles given
10th -- Took up line of march to Comanche country, 6 miles, camped on Arkansas 6 miles
11th day -- Traveled 12 miles and camped on bank of small creek, spring little salty 12 miles
March 12, 1848 -- Marched 15 miles and camped on same creek 15 miles

     This was apparently the only volume of James Bryant Hoover's diary. The transcript published in the Buffalo Reflex in November, 1929, ends with the March 12, 1848, entry.




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