Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, July 15, 1867

In this letter from July 15, 1867, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family telling of a trip into the western mountains. He gives a humorous description of Colonel Silas Seymour who, when mounted, would "hoist his umbrella" and follow the escort near the front of the column.

My trip to the mountains with all its hardships, was a pleasant one, a pleasant party and no cold or stormy weather. We went out at the rate of 25 miles per day, camped early and started early. No hostile Indians seen on the trip; some of the eastern members of the party think it is all humbug talking so much about the brutes, but I noticed that they all were very careful not to get far from the party.

Col. Seymore was outfitted after the following style. First the horse which he selected and paid a good round price for was, or ought to have been twin brother to old "Knock um stiff." On the horse he would have placed the saddle attached to which was his carbine in its case securely strapped and buckled to be convenient in case of a sudden Indian attack; also his poncho, bed, etc., in bulk about a barrel, leaving very little room for the Colonel. When mounted he would hoist his umbrella and leisurely follow in the wake of the escort or perhaps leading them a few places. The Pawnee made fun of him from beginning to end. General Myers was, as ever, genial and courteous. The whole party enjoyed the trip well. Julesburg is as much work than North Platte as you can imagine.

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family
  • Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society, Samuel Reed Papers (Union Pacific Railroad Collection), MS 3761, Unit 1, Subgroup 14, Series 1, Box 2, Letters to Wife and Family
  • Date: July 15, 1867