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, considered one of regiments with black troops, referred to as the Buffalo squaddies, commanded through white officials. Hooker's tales catch the drama of growing to be 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, fascinating, funny, and hot. As Laura Ingalls Wilder depicted farm existence at the frontier, so Forrestine Cooper Hooker depicts military lifestyles.
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Crawford was always rather diffident, and at that time, this trait was more marked than in later years. General Sherman, tall, slim, and every inch a soldier, regarded my father intently. “General, I am unassigned, and I do not want to be mustered out,” my father said, hoping his voice was steady, but he was not sure. ” Sherman was always very deliberate in action as well as word, and during the silence, Crawford broke in hastily. ” That was all. The two young officers saluted and left the room.
I am firmly convinced that this episode was responsible for my nickname of “Birdie,” the only name by which I was ever identified during my entire life by those who knew us in army circles. 34 CHILD OF THE FIGHTING TENTH Another incident occurred at Ship Island in which I had no part, but my father and my own Guard of Honor were responsible. “Bleeding Kansas” Thompson had convivial habits. His trips to the mainland meant his return rather the worse for indulgences. A small hairless dog of the Chihuahua breed was his one intimate associate on Ship Island.
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.