Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

















































































































































 -  But there was not one object to be seen
on the vast rolling plains - not a tree nor a house - Page 3
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But There Was Not One Object To Be Seen On The Vast Rolling Plains - Not A Tree Nor A House, Except The Wretched Ranch And Stockade Where We Got Fresh Horses And A Perfectly Uneatable Dinner.

It was dark when we reached the post, so of course we could see nothing that night.

General and Mrs. Phillips gave us a most cordial welcome - just as though they had known us always. Dinner was served soon after we arrived, and the cheerful dining room, and the table with its dainty china and bright silver, was such a surprise - so much nicer than anything we had expected to find here, and all so different from the terrible places we had seen since reaching the plains. It was apparent at once that this was not a place for spooks! General Phillips is not a real general - only so by brevet, for gallant service during the war. I was so disappointed when I was told this, but Faye says that he is very much afraid that I will have cause, sooner or later, to think that the grade of captain is quite high enough. He thinks this way because, having graduated at West Point this year, he is only a second lieutenant just now, and General Phillips is his captain and company commander.

It seems that in the Army, lieutenants are called "Mister" always, but all other officers must be addressed by their rank. At least that is what they tell me. But in Faye's company, the captain is called general, and the first lieutenant is called major, and as this is most confusing, I get things mixed sometimes.

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