Battlefield Dispatches No. 250: ‘Wagon Boss and Mule Mechanic: Part 3 Army Mules on the March’

This column is the continuation of Wagon Boss Robert M. Peck’s experiences in eastern Kansas and the Indian Territory (present Oklahoma) from 1862-1865. During the Civil War, the “Union” Quartermaster Department hired civilians to be in charge of mule drawn wagon trains that transported almost all of the supplies that were necessary equip a field army to wage war and to furnish various forts and installations as necessary. Peck’s memoir was included as a series of articles in the National Tribune Newspaper in Washington, D.C., and the following was published on July 21, 1904.

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