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May 17, 1863: Walker Pass Road

May 17, 2013

On the 14 looking back

Highway 14 south of Indian Wells; by Ardyiii, on Flickr

We spent a most uncomfortable night…The wind blew and filled the air with sand—sleeping on the ground, it seemed as if we would be stifled at times. I arose at half-past three, my teeth gritty with sand, face black, eyes full. The sand lay half an inch thick in places on my coat, which I had used on my saddle for a pillow. We saddled and came on twelve miles to a poor spring, keeping a brisk lookout for Indians. At the spring we got some breakfast, then pushed on…

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