Category Archives: 19th Century Army

Fort Bowie, AZ

We went out to Fort Bowie for the Centennial of the U.S. Park Service. B Troop was there and we hiked in and around the fort. Fort Bowie was founded in 1862 by the California Column and name for one … Continue reading

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Bisbee Corral of the Westerners trip around the Great Loop to Patagonia, Tubac, Tumacacori, San Xavier del Bac and the Museum of the Horse Solider

On October 17, 2015, the Bisbee Corral of the Westerners made a trip down the great loop – Sonoita, Patagonia, Tumacacori Mission, Tubac, San Xavier del Bac Mission and the Museum of the Horse Soldier in Tucson with dinner at … Continue reading

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Tom Jeffords, Sutler at Fort Huachuca, life after the Chiricahua Agency

Tom Jeffords was played by Jimmy Stewart in Broken Arrow, the man who rode alone into Cochise’s Stronghold and became the chief’s friend. When peace was negotiated between General O.O. Howard and the Chiricahua Apache, Cochise retained a reservation that … Continue reading

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Blood and Thunder, not a biography of Kit Carson but still good

There is a special enmity in my heart for journalists posing as historians. I have to admit that many write beautifully and some have done a wonderful job with their subject matter. However, many pad their bibliographies by including popular … Continue reading

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The Life and Times of Tom Jeffords, Friend of Cochise

Jimmy Stewart played a heroic Tom Jeffords in 1950’s Broken Arrow. He learned the Apache language and boldly rode alone into Cochise’s Stronghold to make a private peace for his stagecoach company. Having made friends with Cochise and earned his … Continue reading

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Historian

Some days you might think that being an historian is all about “no rules, just right.” There are so many people who write ‘history’ that really don’t know what they’re doing that you can get that impression. I wouldn’t for … Continue reading

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Trails, Raiding Trails and Lieutenant George Bascom

We spread a map flat on a table top and look at the world as though it were uniform. Mountains, canyons, rivers, swamps and hills disappear becoming all the same. And yet we know it’s not so. We know the … Continue reading

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Loading the Colt-Walker

Loading a Colt-Walker percussion cap, black powder pistol. Loading a cap and ball .44 was a time consuming process involving measuring gunpowder, seating lead balls and capping the cylinders. It took time, but when you were done you had six … Continue reading

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Stein’s, New Mexico, Railroad Ghost Town

I visited Stein’s, New Mexico, yesterday with friends. We were on our way to visit the Stein’s Peak Butterfield Overland Mail Station some miles away. Stein’s, pronounced Steen’s, is subject to many confusions. It was named, as was the peak … Continue reading

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Brevet Rank

George Armstrong Custer was a Major General and the correct term of address for him is General. During the 19th century the U.S. Army used as system called brevet rank. The system persisted in a modified form until the 1970s … Continue reading

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