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Nashville, and from Nashville to Chattanooga, and
from Chattanooga to Atlanta—but he never could
overtake him. At Atlanta he took a fresh start and
followed him clear through his march to the sea.
He arrived too late again by a few days; but hearing
that Sherman was going out in the Quaker City
excursion to the Holy Land, he took shipping for
Beirut, calculating to head off the other vessel.
When he arrived in Jerusalem with his beef, he
learned that Sherman had not sailed in the Quaker
City, but had gone to the Plains to fight the Indians.
He returned to America, and started for the Rocky
Mountains. After eighteen days of arduous travel
on the Plains, and when he had got within four
miles of Sherman's head-quarters, he was toma¬
hawked and scalped, and the Indians got the beef.
They got all of it but one barrel. Sherman's army
captured that, and so, even in death, the bold
navigator partly fulfilled his contract. In his will,
which he had kept like a journal, he bequeathed
the contract to his son Bartholomew W Bartho¬
lomew W.made out the following bill and then died.
The United States
In acct. with John Wilson Mackenzie,
of New Jersey, deceased, - - Dr.
To thirty barrels of beef for General Sherman,
a §100 - ... $3,000
To travelling expenses and transportation 14,000
Total - - $17,000