Camp of the 14th Kas Cavy
In the Field
Feby 11, 1864
Brig. Genl. J.M. Thayer
I have the honor to report my command fifteen miles from North Fork Town and two miles from the Canadian River.
I sent a dispatch to Col. Phillips at N.F. Town. The messenger returned this evening and reports that Col. Phillips' command has not reached the place of rendezvous.
The stock is in a terrible condition already, much run down before leaving Ft. Smith, they are so much reduced by this march through a country entirely destitute of forage, that I am confident that three days more will dismount my Regiment.
The distance from Ft. Smith to North Fork Town is one hundred and five miles and not Seventy as I understood it was. I intend to remain tomorrow where I am now encamped, for the purpose of grazing my stock and await the report of a scout I send this evening, twenty miles on the Ft. Gibson Road. Unless I hear from Col. Phillips by the day after to-morrow I shall start for Ft. Smith, expecting to meet orders from you on the route.
I have the honor to be
Your Obdt Servt
Major Comdg 14th K.V.C.
NARA AGO RG 94