Camp G.W.F. Wood, Texas: Oct. 18, 1857. pp. On a bifolium. Previously folded. Bottom half of second leaf and upper corners torn away, with no loss of text. Good plus. Item #1167
In this lively letter, William Beggs writes from Camp Wood to an enlisted friend at Fort Duncan, J.A. Richards, about the military experience in "the wilderness of living." The letter, dated October 18, 1857, was written several months after the establishment of the camp on the Nueces River, in the Hill Country between San Antonio and Del Rio, on the site of an abandoned Spanish mission in order to defend against Indian raids farther from settled areas. He writes, in part:
"I hope that in the course of a few weeks, you will be able to 'duty' around as usual, and let Mexican ladies go to H-ll; for my part, I think I have got quite enough of such cattle; but still, you are aware that I always had a liking for the 'beauties' while I was in Eagle Pass, and I hope they learned me a lesson which I will not soon forget.... I understand, from good authority, that we are also going to get twenty horses for the use of this post (or camp, as it is called) and I 'calculate' or 'reckon' we will have great times, charging through the bushes after the 'Injuns,' for they say the Indians are plenty about 50 or so miles up above us on Pecos & Nueces Rivers."
Beggs continues in this vein, describing the disposition of the camp and his daily routine with much enthusiasm. An entertaining letter from a remote Texas military outpost just prior to the Civil War.