Taylor, Charles B., [Journal excerpts], in History of Martha Burrows Taylor, in Taylor Family Papers, in Woodard Family, Collection [ca. 1851-1979], box 2, fd. 7, p. 11-20.
August 3, I got a few things and a horse for Brother Atwood. Then Brother Walker and I went to the herd to get five yoke of cattle and they were so wild that we could not drive tham.
"August 5. Sat. After singing and prayers, the cattle were brought up and yoked. At 10 A.M. we moved camps traveled 4 miles and camped. The cattle were becoming more tame. we fell in with some merchant trains going to Fort Laramie. While we were traveling, a sister was confined of a son. After supper we had singing and prayers and a little speaking. A good peaceful influence prevailed throughout the camp.
"August 8. We were up at 4 o'clock. The morning was a very cool but fine. After breakfast we had prayers. Then the cattle were brought into the corral and yoked. We started at half past eight o'clock; traveled 9 miles, passing over Nemahas Creek, and corralled for dinner. We started again at 3 P.M. and traveled six miles when we camped for the night. We had singing and prayers, at which I gave the people some instructions, after which we sat around the campfire and had some music and singing.
"August 11. We rolled out before breakfast. Distance 6 miles. Rained all day. We buried one of the Danish sisters in Cheese Creek.
"Monday 14. We rolled out at 5 o'clock without breakfast and got stuck in the mud five times. We camped on Walnut Creek at 2 o'clock. Distance 7 miles. It thundered and lightened and the rain came down in torrents. One man was killed. The cattle stampeded and there was a great deal of trouble."
"Sept. 7. We had lots of fun for there were about twelve antelope near. We stopped the train and all men were out with their guns. One antelope came in camp, but I dare not shoot because there were too many women and children. Two of our teams were stampeded, but no one was hurt. I finally shot the animal through the heart with the pistol and he made lots of soup for the sick and I thought it was a good sign."
"Oct. 7. We rolled and crossed the Sweet Water and the greater part of our women had to wade through and it was very cold for the poor sisters. Traveled 10 miles.
"Oct. 9. Mon. We traveled 14 miles. At the three crossings of the Sweet Water it commenced to snow and it snowed for 48 hours. The English Company was with us.
"Oct. 15. Sun. We rolled and traveled 3 mile. Came to a creek and stayed for two hours. We rolled and camped in Rocky Range. Plenty of wood and water. We had a very heavy frost. Traveled 11 miles.
"Oct. 20. Fri. The English Company came up and we traveled together. The road was very good. We sighted some of the Church teams and put 50-60 people with their baggage in them and I was appointed their Captain to take them to the Valley. Traveled 12 miles.
"Oct. 26. Thurs. We rolled and the road was very slippery and bad. We camped one mile from Bear River. Traveled 19 miles.
"Oct. 27. We lost two of our mules which made me very late in starting. It was very muddy and very cold. We camped at the head of Echo Canyon. Traveled 23 miles.
The Deseret News of Nov. 2, 1865 published the following:
"Elder Charles B. Taylor has arrived in the City Oct. 30, 1865, in advance of the Miner G. Atwood and Walker trains."