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Bush (Edward G.) Journal, 1872-1879
Edward G. Bush, son of Daniel B. and Adeline Geer Sellon Bush of Massachusetts, served in the U.S. Army in the southwest during the 1870s and 1880s. In 1872, Captain Bush was stationed in Texas as a Special Inspector with the Quartermaster Department and was responsible for inspecting the military storehouses. By November 1885 he was a major assigned to Fort Douglas near Salt Lake City, Utah.
Edward Bush's journal records the findings of his inspections of the military commissaries and storehouses in San Antonio in 1872 and includes both quantitative and qualitative inventories of the goods, such as paper, blankets, uniforms, soap, and cooking pots, as well as recommendations for efficient use and disposition of surplus goods. The journal also has copies of his order and correspondence concerning his other responsibilities and describes two marches that he made with companies of soldiers from the 10th Infantry. The first, in June 1873, is from Fort McKavett to San Felipe, a 286-mile trip which took 17 days, and the second, in August 1873, is from San Felipe to Fort Stockton, a 224-mile trip march which took 12 days. Bush drew the routes of the two marches and recorded daily the distances covered, weather and land conditions, and other observations. In addition, the journals contain a glossary of Mescalero Apache Indian words and their Spanish equivalents, a rough copy of Marquette's 1673 map, and lists of Indian names with their English equivalents.