Excerpt from Page 48 – “Leaving the Fort – Spring 1867”Published September 7, 2016
Rustler on the Rosebud: The Legend of Jack Sully | J. G. Swedlund
Excerpt from Page 48 – “Leaving the Fort – Spring 1867”:
The old brown mare showed little more than a toss of the head, jangling
the bridle, as Jack booted her down the post road away from
Fort Randall. Her hooves splayed, needing trimming, a split in the left
front hoof subjected her to little more than fast walk or trot. She was all
he could afford, no prancing cavalry horses could he obtain with his mustering
out pay, just this USIC branded horse, inspected, condemned.
Though, he thought, she might be serviceable with a little feed grain and
horseshoes. He took the road northwest past the small cemetery, pausing
only to remove his sweat-stained cavalry hat to honor the worn crosses,
etched with names of men he might have known, had he lingered to read.
Pneumonia got some the past winter. The log barracks shrunken caulking
allowed piercing winds to sift snow freely through the cracks. The
Colonel promised renovations, but money for the Western Department
ranked low as the Army extracted itself from the Civil War.