It is dated Camp Lucas May. The cover must have been delivered by hand, outside of the postal system, as it is unfranked and bears no postmarks. It is in nice shape.
A transcript is included as is a copy of Masterss service summary showing he was assigned to Lt. In this letter, John Masters informs his father that he has been appointed an ensign in 1st Battalion of St.Louis Volunteers, Comp (E) and will be departing for Santa Fe the next morning. Louis on a monthly basis. Official military records show that he had enlisted as a private in Lt.
Powells Battalion of Missouri Mounted Volunteers just two weeks before. The unit was also known as the Mounted Battalion Missouri Mexican War Volunteers and later as Powells Battalion Oregon Volunteers. When first organized, the unit was ordered to travel to New Mexico via the Santa Fe Trail to fight in the Mexican-American War. However, Congress had recently determined that a Regular Army force was needed to protect pioneers from attacks by Native Americans while traveling to the Northwest along the Oregon Route. So, the battalion was diverted from its Santa Fe assignment and instead charged with protecting the Oregon Trail until a Regular Army unit could be deployed.
By May 30th, the battalion had assembled at Camp Lucas on James H. Lucass pasture just west of the St. Louis city limits at what is now 12th Street (Tucker Boulevard) and Olive Street.United States Congressional Serial Set, Issue 2711. Reflect that by December, the battalion had marched through Fort Leavenworth to a point on the Missouri River known as Table Creek (now Nebraska City) where it established winter quarters. It broke camp in April of 1848 and marched west along the Great Platte River Road where in June it established a fortificationwhich it christened Fort Childson the south bank of the Nebraska (Great Platte) River just below the head of Grand Island. Powell concluded a peace treaty with the four confederated bands of Pawnee Indians: the Grand Pawnee, Loups Pawnee, Republican Pawnee, and Tappage Pawnee.
The battalion remained at Fort Childs, which had been renamed Fort Kearny, until October of 1848 when its term of service expired, and it was relieved by a Regular Army unit after which it was mustered out of the service. Although the battalion never made it to New Mexico, Congress eventually approved Mexican-American War pensions for its surviving members in 1889.
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