Local Boy Has Interesting
Roscoe Huston writes home
We arrived here at 3:30 Monday afternoon and found it
very muddy at present. The camp is going to be very nice when it is
completed. It is just being built now.
We have electric lights and a gas stove in our barracks.
We were issued two sheets, bed, three blankets, a heavy comforter,
pillow cases, mattress, cover and still more to be issued yet.
In the kitchen they are fixed with a big gas stove and
electric lights and two big electric ice boxes and running water. It
sure is a nice looking place. The meals are just swell, we have two good
cooks which have most of the credit along with our mess sergeant.
Our tripp from Pierre was a long, tiresome one although
we saw a lot of country. Our train picked up the Brookings company at
Huron and it picked up more companies all along the way. We got off the
train at Council Bluffs, Iowa and took a hike which we all enjoyed after
riding all night. Then Sunday afternoon we stopped in Kansas City and
took another long hike. From there we rode all night and wound up at
Shreveport, La. the next morning where we got off and took another hike.
Then we were bound for camp where we landed at 4:00 Tuesday afternoon.
We marched to our company quarters and were assigned to
our barrack and don't think for a minute that we didn't enjoy those
sheets and mattresses after riding 47 hours on the train.
On our way here we were served our meals right in the
pullman coach where we rode. It was cooked by our own cooks in the
baggage car. I washed muskets Monday evening and stood guard Saturday
night; was a guard two hours and off four hours to sleep or rest 24
As for myself, I think the
army is doing a pretty good job of clothing, feeding and treating us the
way they are and also have as good a bunch of officers as we have.