General John Buford
Letters to Major General R. Jones
Adj. Gen. of the U.S. Army
Santa Fe, Mexico
May 31, 1851
I have the honor to make an application for six months leave of absence to take effect from the time of my arrival in the United States.
I have had no leave since October 1848 and since the 21st of March 1849. I have been living on the plains and in this dep't. Should this leave be granted please direct it to St. Louis, Mo.
I am Very Respectfully,
Your Obt Sevt
Lt. 2nd Dragoons
Adgt Gen U.S.A
P.S. About the 1st of July I shall start with Col Monroe for the U.S. Should I not find the above application granted I will join Company at Fort Croghan, Texas.
Below you will find that Col. Monroe has written a note to accompany John's request for a leave of absence stating that John has preformed his duties in a very satisfactory manner and states he deserves a leave of absence.
December 22, 1851
I have the honor to apply for an extension of one month to my leave of absence.
My reason for this application are that since my arrival from New Mexico I have been confined either to my bed or room by sickness until 10 days since. I wish to visit Washington City for the purpose of settling my accounts so that I may be able to draw my pay which has been stopped for sometime back. At present I am so blocked in by ice and snow that it would require 25 or 30 days for me to join my company.
I am very Respectfully
Your Obedient Servant
Lieutenant, 2nd Dragoons
Gen. R. Jones
Adjt. Gen, U.S. Army
leave of absence was granted for 5 months.
Special order # 92
following is the first notice that John
was ill dated November 6, 1851.