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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI,
Fort Leavensworth, Kans., December 20, 1851. Col. R. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Chicago, III. : COLONEL: I have the honor to submit inclosed estimate for the completion of Fort Lewis, Colorado.
The post is one of the most important of the posts along that frontier, and should be thoroughly finished and kept garrisoned to its full capacity. It is placed practically between the Navajoes and Utes, where their limits are conterininous along the San Juan River, and where it can best overlook the country as against both tribes. It is also well situated for commanding to a considerable extent all that region of country west and northwest of it known as the Dolores Valley and Plateau, where some of the best mining regions in Colorado are found, and which is being rapidly filled with people. The communication, too, with Southern Utah and the lower valley of Grand River is direct and easy, and for effective protection in any part of that country the garrison of Lewis will be easily available.
The plans for this post have been approved by the War Department, and it is to complete the work begum last year according to these plans that this appropriation of $41,169.71 is respectfully asked. I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
OFFICE CHIEF QUARTERMASTER,
Chicago, N., December 23, 1801. Respectfully returned to the adjutant-general of the division, recommending refer. ence of these papers to the War Departınent, with request that the present Congress be asked for an appropriation for this purpose.
C. II. TOMPKINS, Asst. Q. M. General, U. S. A., Chief Quartermaster. HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,
Chicago, December 27, 1881. Respectfully forwarded to the Adjutant-General of the Army, approved as rocommended by the chief quartermaster of the division,
P. H. SHERIDAN,
Lieut. General Commanding. ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., December 31, 1881. Respectfully referred to the Quartermaster-General.
R. C. DRUM,
Adjutant-General. QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, January 11, 1882. Respectfully submitted to the honorable Secretary of War, through headquarters of the Army, inviting attention to the recommendations of General Pope and the Lieu. tenant-General, that Congress be asked to appropriate $41,169.71 for 8 sets of ofticers' quarters and 4 company barracks to complete the post of Fort Lewis on plans already approved. From records of this office the history of the case is as follows: On Jan. uary 17, 1879, the Lieutenant-General recommended an appropriation of $100,000 for an eight-company post at Pagosa Springs. The General of the Army reduced the amount to $50,000 and the size of the post to four companies, and the Secretary, January 23, 1879, asked Congress for the $50,000.
In sundry civil bill approved March 3, 1879, the following appeared: "To enable the Secretary of War to establish a military post in the vicinity of Pagosa Springs, $10,000.' The money was sent to Colonel Bingham April 28, 1880. Question of location claiming much attention, it was July, 18-0, before plans were received and submitted to the Secretary, who approved them August 26, 1880, and authority was given to 11se therefor the $40,000 already referred to and appropriated for the purpose.
M. C. MEIGS, Quartermaster-General, Brt. Maj. Gen., U. S. A.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, February 24, 1882. Respectfully submitted to the honorable Secretary of War, approved and recom mended for $40,000 at Fort Lewis, Colorado; plans and estimates herewith, Fort
Lewis is a remote new post, deemed absolutely necessary for the protection of Southern and Western Colorado.
W. T. SHERMAN,
SPECIAL ESTIMATE OF FUNDS REQUIRED FOR THE SERVICE OF THE QUARTERMAS
TER'S DEPARTMENT AT FORT LEWIS, COLORADO, BY 2D LIEUT. JAMES B. GOE, THIRTEENTH INFANTRY, ACTING ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER, FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW POST.
Estimated cost of one set of barracks for enlisted men. 630 days carpenters' work, at $2.
18 days bricklayers' work, at $4
390 feet glass, at 18 c.,
3 barrels cement, at $3. 30,000 laths, at $7..
200 lbs. lath nails, at 7 c.
Estimated cost of construction of one set of officers' quarters.
72 00 2, 173 50
91 00 63 00 70 20 21 25 320 00 200 00 12 80
9 00 210 00 14 00 49 00 37 50
4, 603 25 18,413 00
403 days carpenters' work, at $2.
18 days bricklayers' work, at $4.
510 feet glass, at 18 c..
2 barrels cement, at $3.00.. 27,000 laths, at $7.00 .
200 lbs. lath nails, at 7 c...
72 00 1,495 00 315 00 84 00 91 80 21 25 37 50 20 40 284 00 176 00 12 00
6 00 189 00 14 00 49 00
29, 382 00 JAMES B. GOE, 2d Lieut. 13th Infy., A. A. Q. M.
FORT LEWIS, COL., June 22, 1881.
R. E. A. CROFTON,