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Frontier scout volume 1, number 2 excerpt on sanitary conditions at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory
Frontier scout volume 1, number 2 excerpt on sanitary conditions at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory
TitleFrontier scout volume 1, number 2 excerpt on sanitary conditions at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory
Date of Original1865-06-22
DescriptionAn article written by 'Medicus' detailing the improvement of the health of troops at Fort Rice. The decrease in scurvy cases is specifically mentioned. The author pleads for fresh vegetables to arrive at the fort, as a recent shipment of potatoes arrived mostly spoiled.
Ordering Information
General SubjectAgriculture
Subject (LCTGM)Potatoes
Forts & fortifications
Military facilities
Subject (LCSH)Scurvy
LocationFort Rice (Fort Rice, N.D.)
Dakota Territory
Item Numberoc10315416
Format of OriginalNewspapers
Publisher of OriginalC. H. Champney (Fort Rice, N.D.)
Place of PublicationFort Rice (Fort Rice, N.D.)
TranscriptionWe are happy to state that the Sanitary condition of the post is very much improved. The number on the sick-list having decreased rapidly since the appearance of wild onions, and the arrival of a few potatoes. A few weeks since there were fifty serious cases of scurvy in the Post Hospital, now there are only eleven and those convalescent.
The strictest rules for the health of the troops, such as cleanliness of persons and quarters, proper cooking of food, etc., are still enforced, and we hope soon that a messenger of mercy, in the form of a steamboat may arrive bringing us a large supply of vegetables. The potatoes, which came by the "Fanny Ogden" are nearly all in a state of decomposition and will be of but little service to us. It is useless to attempt to send potatoes to this country in sacks at this season of the year.
We trust that during the season the requisition, which have been made for anti-scorbutics will all be filled and forwarded in good condition, so that whoever may be so unfortunate as to be exiled here the coming winter may not suffer as we have for want of healthy diet.
We are like a man in a well, dependent on those at the top for sustenance. If our pleadings are not responded to from down the river, and the means of self- preservation furnished, we must die. From what we hear, however, we feel encouraged to believe that our wants will be supplied.
During the past winter we have suffered severely, more probably than a regiment of northern men would have suffered, the soldiers stationed here being southerners, enlisted prisoner of war, who have seen from two to three years of active service on southern fields and until last fall never saw cold weather, and we believe it was unfortunate for them to be sent here just as the cold season was commencing.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota History textbook materials
Biography/HistoryThe first newspaper known to have been published in northern Dakota Territory was the Frontier Scout issued at Fort Union on July 7, 1864, Robert Winegar & Ira F.Goodwin, publishers, Company I, 30th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Proprietors. Winegar and Goodwin were from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The newspaper claimed to be a weekly, with a subscription price of $3.00 per year. Four issues were published at Fort Union, the last on August 17, 1864. The newspaper resumed publication at Fort Rice June 15, 1865, Lt. C. H. Champney, publisher, and Captain E. H. Adams, editor, operated by the 1st U.S.V. Infantry.
External Resource
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (oc10315456)
Digital IDshoc10315456
OCLC number10315456
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