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Bypaths of Kansas History - November 1945

(Vol. 13 No. 8), page 538
Transcribed by lhn;
digitized with permission of the Kansas Historical Society.


From The Gazette, St. Joseph, Mo., July 10, 1846.

VOLUNTEERS IN THE INFANTRY SERVICE. :The colonel of a regiment is entitled to a monthly pay of $75, and is also allowed six rations per day, forage for four horses, and two servants; Lieut. Col., $60 per month, five rations, forage for three horses, and two servants; major, $50 per month, four rations, forage for three horses and four servants; adjutant, in addition to pay, &c. of lieutenant, $10 and forage for two horses; captain, $40, four rations and one servant; first lieutenant, $30, four rations and one servant; second lieut., $25, four rations, one servant; sergeant major, $17; qr. master sergeant, $17; first sergeant, $16; sergeant, $13; corporal, $9; musician, $8; private, $7. The commanding officer of a company is entitled to $10 per month for responsibility of arms and clothing. Officers subsistance is commuted at twenty cents per ration; forage at $8 per month, for each horse. Officers are entitled to the pay of a private soldier, $2.50 per month for clothing, and one ration per day, for each private servant. Under the law now before congress, a private will be allowed $3.50 per month for clothing; it has heretofore been $2.50. Mounted men are allowed forty cents per day for the use of their horses. The 50,000 volunteers, provided for under the law of May 13th, enroll themselves for twelve months, or during the war. When mustered into the service of the United States, they thereby become soldiers, subject to the rules and articles of war, and they should make themselves familiar, at the start with the duties which this obligation imposes.

From The Daily Times, Leavenworth, September 14, 1861.


WANTED THREE HUNDRED SOLDIERS for the regular service. Pay $13 per month, clothing and rations, to serve three years. Apply to commanding officer at Fort Leavenworth.


From the White Cloud Kansas Chief, August 20, 1857.

The beauty of Indian maidens has been celebrated in song and story, and been told by those who professed to have seen; but we have not as yet, got sight of one of them. If any such can be found, we wish some one would bring her along, just for curiosity. We have seen squaws of all ages and conditions, but the pretty ones must have staid at home. What we have seen, are dirty, slovenly, greasy, slouchy, slumpy things, fit subjects for green-flies, enough to turn the stomach of a white man to look at them, and emitting an effluvia, to use the highly poetical figure of our friend York, "strong enough to knock a dog out of a tan-yard!" Don't talk about pretty Indian women!