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Camp Cady Chronology1776-- March.
March 4. S. A. Bishop left the city of Los Angeles to go to Beale's crossing of the Colorado to cooperate with Beale on the Central Wagon Road.
September 29 (the week of). A detachment of first dragoons under Lieut. Davis accompanied by Lieut. Napier ( on service at Fort Mojave) returned to the headquarters at Fort Tejon.
October 21. Capt. Winfield Scott Hancock sent a wagon train of quartermaster supplies and equipment for the first time over the Central Wagon Road to Fort Mojave. J. Winston had charge of the train.
October 29. J. Winston with the train arrived at what he called Lieut. Davis's depot on the Mojave. This depot was on the site of Camp Cady.
March 31. An extra of the Los Angeles Star for Monday morning tells of a murder on the Mojave and the need of the military post in that area.
April 11. Gen. Newman S. Clarke was petitioned to send soldiers to protect the wagon road along the Mojave River.
April 14. General Newman S. Clarke ordered Maj. Carleton with Company K of the First Dragoons, with 80 men to establish a fort near the Forks of the Road. They called it Camp Cady (after Col. Albemarle Cady). The dragoons were there for three months. They erected a temporary shelter of brush and mud. Some were even dugouts similar to those used later by miners in that region.
April 23. The letter was sent from Dr. Jonathan Letterman, who is stationed at Camp Cady with Maj. Carleton, to Gen. Hancock in Los Angeles. He tells where the different patrols are off to.
May 2. Lieut. Carr led a party in search of Indians and killed three of them near Soda Lake.
May 28. A patrol was sent out to build Hancock Redoubt at Soda Springs and Bitter Springs Redoubt some 50 miles from Camp Cady. These were to be set up as overnight camps only. The patrol consisted of Lieut. Carr and 25 men.
May 29. An express rider arrived in Los Angeles and brought news of the camp.
June 30. Maj. James Henry Carleton was ordered back to Fort Tejon.
July 3. Maj. Carleton finally left Camp Cady and was due back at Tejon on July 10.
October 17. Gen. Newman S. Clarke dies here in California and Lt. Col. B.L. Beall takes over.
March 4. A member of the U.S. Boundary commission gives a description of Camp Cady.
(April. Civil War)
April 14. Second Lieut. Nathaniel P. Pierce of Company G of the 2nd California Cavalry Volunteers with a noncommissioned officer and nine privates arrived at Camp Cady and remained there until April 24, when they left to return to Camp Latham.
June 17 and July 7. John Brown mentions being at or near Camp Cady on these days.
March 3. Company D, first Battalion of the Native California Cavalry, was ordered to Camp Cady under Capt. Edward Bale. This company seems to have returned to Drum Barracks early in May, four on May 20 Capt. Bale resigned from the army.
April 23. The official date of the establishment of the camp.
June 30. Captain Benjamin R. West and Company C of the 4th Infantry were still at Camp Cady when Private Kedder of Company I of the 7th Infantry passed by here on his way to Fort Mojave and Fort Whipple. Kedder told of the death by accidental shooting of Pvt. Somerindyke, who died at Cady. There was evidently no doctor there at that time.
(June. Civil War)
July-August-- Some time between July and August Captain Patrick Munday stopped at Camp Cady with his company K of the 4th Infantry. He reported 120 men at that time.
November 4. Elliot Coues visited Camp Cady. He stated that there were four officers and a handful of men there.
December 21. Three privates--Rogers, Saunders and Tierney-- were discharged a Camp Cady for disabilities.
February 9. Capt. West and his regiment were mustered out at Drum Barracks on this date.
April 21, 22. James F. Rusling made a survey of the miliary stations and was at Camp Cady on the two days mentioned.
July 29. Detachment D of the 9th Infantry engaged in a skirmish with the Indians. This detachment was supposedly under the command of a Lieut. Hartmen. One account says that f1ve soldiers were killed and one badly wounded.
March 30. The cavalry stationed at Camp Cady have been removed to Fort Whipple. There are 15 at Cady under Lieut. John Drum
June 1. Lieut Eyre of the 14th Infantry had just arrived at Drum Barracks with recruits for the desert posts.
June. Lieut. Manuel Eyre Jr. replaced Lieut. Drum at Camp Cady. Lieut. Drum goes to Rock Springs.
June 24. Two soldiers and an expressman from Camp Cady engaged in a fight with Indians at Marl Springs about 70 miles from Camp Cady.
July 6. Another Indian fight between Rock Springs and Pah Ute Springs.
August 3. Teaming on the Mojave continues brisk. Mr. Matthews is the contractor at Camp Cady.
August 8. A store belonging to P. N. Dean was burned by soldier stationed at Cady under the command of Lt. Eyre.
August 31. Lieut. Manuel Eyre offers 200 sheep for sale at Camp Cady.
November 2. The Indians who killed Dr. Shaw near the caves are prowling near Camp Cady and Rock Springs.
December 14. The teams coming from Camp Cady had trouble getting to San Bernardino because of the mud on the mountain roads.
October 6. Old site abandoned. New site selected one~half mile west of old camp.
Fall. Permanent buildings were erected at Cady under Lieut. John Drum.
December. Another wagon train left from Los Angeles for Camp Cady.
from: Horse Soldier Forts of the Mojave Desert by Leonard Waitman