Clegg, Henry, Diary, 1855 Mar.-Aug., 46-60.
July 1st Sunday fine day got our guns and learned our exercise
July 2 Monday started for good to cross the Plains[.] The camp moved 12 miles and stoped by a creek. fine day both well[.] saw a ox eaten by the river
July 2 Tuesday. Made a start 9 o Clock[.] went 12 miles
July 3 moved 15 over plain land.
July 4th moved 12
July 5 12
July 6 8
July 7 Sunday camp stopped and observed the sabbath.
Ju 8 moved 25 miles[.] bad water but good grass for the cattle.
9 15 miles
10 12 miles
11 14 miles
12 moved 15 miles
13 12 miles
14 arived at Sandy river[.] good water [original text in Pitman shorthand]and [original text in Pitman shorthand]
15 Sunday stopped at day not so well
16th moved 20 miles[.] all well came A
17 moved 15 [original text in Pitman shorthand] ancient looking place
[original text in Pitman shorthand] 16 [original text in Pitman shorthand]
19 [original text in Pitman shorthand] 15 [original text in Pitman shorthand] I got lost and delayed us some time
20 moved 1 [original text in Pitman shorthand] saw Hundreds Buffallo we [original text in Pitman shorthand] the 2 men[.] 6 lost[.] shot a Buffallo
21 moved 20 miles[.] saw thousands Buffallo[.] fine country. Eat some Buffallo for the first time[.] arrive at the Platt[e] river
22 Sunday not being much wood we removed early 10 miles farther
23 went 18 miles saw fort Carney [Kearny] a great Indian trading place
24 moved 20 miles up[.] lots of Buffallo and Fish
25 18 miles fine land.
26 18 miles.
27 [original text in Pitman shorthand] 20 miles[.] A hundred [Pitman Shorthand] very heavy
28th [original text in Pitman shorthand] 15 miles.
29 Sunday we moved 12 miles.
30 moved 14 miles[.] saw lot of Buffallos every day and also Wolfs, hares bears snakes and number others. I have been bad in health[.] for 5 days I was extremely bad.
31st we camped all day and some of the brethren went to shoot Buffallos
August 1st Moved 16 miles.
[original text in Pitman shorthand] 2nd moved 25 miles[.] came to the river Platte where we have to cross it being ½ mile a broad, saw the first indians since we started, several of their squaws came in our camp a begging. I looked at their features and took stock of them
August 3rd In the morning we crossed the river and camped on the other side untill afternoon, when we moved on over a large hill towards another river called the South Platt[e] and camped at the South Platte[.] got a quanitity of Cherrys [cherries] being my fathers birth day. I made a large pie and some coffee and drunk my fathers health on the fourth
5 Sunday stoped all day by the river platt[e]
6. 8 miles very rough sandy road.
7 10 miles still a rough road
8 15 miles road better
9 15 miles barren land
10 16 miles
11 5 miles stopped <saw Indians sioux> at Rouby Dods a indian trader.
12 Sunday went 17 miles. Pleasant road with one exception
13 went 16 miles[.] good road[.] got cherries and currants in abundance also on the previous day
14th went 16 miles good road[.] got some currants and camped near the river[.] 2 sisters died that had met with accidents[.] one had got run over her chest [Caroline Abderholder.] The other [Isabella Vest Race] was shot through her arm which caused her death[.] it occured through carelessness leaving the gun loaded in the wagon with a cap on it and her [original text in Pitman shorthand] and it [original text in Pitman shorthand]
15th went 10 miles and rested 2 hours[.] then went 4 miles and saw a many indians camped [illegible] miles from fort Laramy [Laramie]
16th passed Fort Laramy [Laramie.] camped 6 miles other side of Laramy [Laramie] all day. Bands of Indians came all day 500 at least [illegible] paid 30 Cents for a pound of biscuits[.] a woman got shot[original text in Pitman shorthand]
17th went 15 miles over the Black Hills[.] saw a camp of [illegible]
18th moved 15 miles over the hills[.] very ruf country[.] it was dark long before we camped[.] brother [illegible] over took us
19 Sunday [illegible] in the morning several in the [illegible]
20 went 21 miles [illegible]
21 went 15 miles [illegible] badly hurt
22 went 12 miles[.] The road from Laramie [illegible] is very ruff. My foot much better[.] I walked near all day[.] camped soon in the day[.] Elder [illegible] took his leave on us and went forward.
23 went 9 miles[.] camped at a nice creek[.] sage creek[.] my foot better allmost.
24 went 16 miles[.] came to the platt[e] soon in the day. all in good spirits
25th went 12 miles[.] camped at the side of the Platt[e] where we had to cross. a beautiful place[.] everything necessary for man and Beast.
26 Sunday went 8 miles crossed the Platte in the morning[.] a very rough bad road[.] Tremendous mountains
27 went 16 miles rough country [original text in Pitman shorthand]
28 went 24 miles[.] traveled from [illegible] in the morning to 8 at night. came to the sweet waters [Sweetwater] and camped by the side of Independence rock[.] 332 miles [illegible] valley
29 went 8 miles and passed [illegible]
30 went 20 miles [illegible]
[illegible] went 23 miles
[illegible] 4 went 14 miles
Henry Clegg [illegible] [original text in Pitman shorthand]