Col. H. W. Wheeler left Vermont to became a part of the wild life in marching, scouting, fighting, raising cattle, riding to the rescue of Sandy Forsythe in the Arickaree fight, known and trusted by Sheridan, Merritt, Crook and Mackenzie. For his volunteer part in the desperate fight on Sappa Creek, Kansas, in April, 1875, he was offered a commission in the Fifth Cavalry, and accepting, marched, fought and bivouacked with that famous regiment, retiring as a Colonel in September, 1911.
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From 'Buffalo Days,' Forty Years In The Old West, by Homer W. Wheeler published in 1925 by A.L. Burt Company, New York, Chicago. The quote is from pages 184-185:
'We went over the Custer battlefield pretty thoroughly and located the spot where Captain Keogh and several of his men of Company I had followed him. Here was a slight depression in the ground. Evidently at one time it had been a buffalo wallow, and the wind had blown out the dirt, form ing a semi-circular depression covering several yards. The graves were around this depression. The men were buried where they fell, which clearly showed that their position had been taken for defense. This was the only position we found where it looked as if a defense had been made, for the men had fallen all over the battlefield, here and there.'
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Homer Wheeler's quote is from his book, "Buffalo Days" Forty Years In The Old West, published in 1925 by A.L. Burt Company, New York, Chicago. The quote is from pages 184-185 and is well worth reading.
I'm researching the extermination of the North American Bison as it was practiced in the 19th century on an industrial scale. It's not a proud chapter in the history of the West. In fact, shameful...!
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This is a 1923 publication as 'The frontier trail; or, From cowboy to colonel; an authentic narrative of forty-three years in the old West as cattleman, Indian fighter and army officer' by Wheeler, Homer W.
I believe that Mitch Bouyer's daughter became involved with raising a herd of buffalo.