Freighting Near Fort Kearney

Freighting across the Plains became big business with accelerated military campaigns of 1857 and 1858, and one of the biggest was the contracting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell. Thaddeus Kenderdine, a bullwhacker, arrived at Fort Kearny in August, 1858, and throws some light on that activity: ‘When within a mile the train was stopped, and orders given for each man to overhaul his load, and out the flour which was in any way damaged by rain in the bottom, so as the load would pass governmental inspection. We were forced to become parties to this fraud.'”