Excerpt from Page 44 – “Cavalry on the Frontier”Published September 4, 2016
Rustler on the Rosebud: The Legend of Jack Sully | J. G. Swedlund
Excerpt from Page 44 – “Cavalry on the Frontier”:
Jack lay in the tall grass along Horse Creek. Whooping and shouting,
keening women’s voices rose from the camp site only a hundred yards
back upstream. Screams of pain interlaced the war whoops. The gray
morning sky began a slow drizzle. No sun pierced the heavy clouds. Jack
looked into the spitting rain, wondering how he had succeeded in avoiding
the war in the east, only to arrive so close to a painful and ignominious
death at the hand of savages he had so recently guarded.
During the crossing over Iowa and Dakota, he and the young Irish
lad, John Kinkaid, remained as teamsters, charged with care for the draft
animals. The fighting troop was assigned two horses each. At bivouac the
two attended to the mounts and teams, feeding, watering, checking hooves
and shanks, general caring.