By Forrestine C. Hooker, Steve Wilson
This memoir by means of Forrestine Cooper Hooker info her adolescence and younger maturity in the course of the frontier cavalry. Hooker's father, Charles Cooper, used to be an officer within the 10th U.S. Cavalry, one among regiments with black troops, often called the Buffalo squaddies, commanded by means of white officials. Hooker's tales trap the drama of becoming up within the frontier military, the Indian wars at the plains, the Geronimo crusade within the Southwest and Mexico, her love for the regiment and the Buffalo infantrymen, their admiration for her, or even her misplaced love for a rushing younger cavalry officer. Her narrative is via turns compelling, captivating, funny, and hot. As Laura Ingalls Wilder depicted farm lifestyles at the frontier, so Forrestine Cooper Hooker depicts military existence.
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The connecting porches were about four feet across from building to building. The driver stopped the ambulance and father got out. ” There was nothing to do but get down, but if those miles of Indian dangers had not been so vivid, one officer of the Tenth Cavalry would have been minus his wife and two children that day. Two men came to the ambulance just then. My father introduced Captain Nicholas Nolan, commanding officer of Troop A, and Second Lieutenant Levi P. Hunt of the same troop, my father being the first lieutenant of the troop.
So when we left Fort Hays, we were accompanied by armed men. When we reached Fort Hays on our way to Camp Supply, our first frontier army home, it was in the late spring of 1871. Colonel Nelson A. Miles commanded the Fifth Infantry at Fort Hays, with his regimental headquarters at that garrison. Mrs. Miles was with him. Two interesting incidents occurred to my parents at Fort Hays. Among the old army customs, officers and their wives in any garrison made it a point to call upon other army people who might be passing from one station to another.
Wanton slaughter by buffalo hunters for the sake of selling the hides not only nearly exterminated the herds, but created much of the Indian troubles, because the meat of the buffalo, dried, afforded food for months, while the hides provided tepees, bedding, and protection to Indians when exposed to cold or stormy weather. Deer, also necessary to sustain life and provide clothing for the Indians, soon became almost as scarce as the buffalo. WE SLEEP IN A REDOUBT The second night brought us to a camp where one company of the Sixth Infantry was stationed.
Child of the Fighting Tenth: On the Frontier with the Buffalo Soldiers by Forrestine C. Hooker, Steve Wilson