Barney, Lewis, Autobiography and diary 1878-1883, reel 5, item 5, 32-38.
Started from Winter Quarters by the orders of President Brigham Young and traveled about 15 miles and halted by a beautiful grove of timber and there waited the arival of the Twelve apostles with president young at their head[.] They reached our Camp on the evening of the 14th of April, 1879 (1847). The next Morning we took up the line of march westward penetrating the unexplored regions of the far west. Singing the songs of Zion telling stories and anecdotes pasing a way the time very agreebley [agreeably] around the Campfires at nights. The second day we reached the Elkhorn River[.] here we made rafts of old dry logs on which we fer[r]ied our wagons a cross the Stream which was about 5 rods wide. After getting all safely
The pioneers having all come to gether orders being given[.] the old Cannon was Loaded and fired several times Making the hills farely tremble[.] This was done to frighten the Indians and to let them know that we had big guns in Camp[.] Through the Night the guard was doubled with an occasional salute from the old Sow as she was called by most of the boys[.] Morning Came and no appearance of Indians. Breakfast being over the teams all in readiness We Started out five teams a breast with a line of rifle men on each Side of the wagon and teams. In this way we traviled all day Seeing fresh signs of the Indians through the days travil but no discovery of them was made. The excitement being over we resumed our customary mode of the traveling. game now be came Scarce[.] The hu[n]ters finding now that they could get fresh meat becoming a rarity. Our mess being without meat for several days. Colonel Markham Said to me Barney I wish you would go and take your gun and get go and kill some meat for I am nearly Star[v]ed[.] I cannot eat that Strong Bacon[.] In reply I said Colonel call on your hunters for meat[.] you are one of the Committee that cohese [chose] the hunters and if you wanted me to hunt why did you not Choose me as a hunter[.] I am not one of the hunters so you will have to go to them that are
[An excerpt of Barney's diary was also published in "Excerpts from a Journal of the Trek," in Campus Education Week Program, comp., Voices from the Past: Diaries, Journals, and Autobiographies , 36.]