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Elk Creek, 1874

On October 24, 1874, three companies of the 10th Cavalry, under Major George W. Schofield, surprised and captured a large Indian camp near Elk Creek on the Staked Plains in the Texas Panhandle. Depicted here is the ‘personal combat’ that took place between Private Alfred Pinkston, Company M, 10th Cavalry, and a Comanche warrior. After a violent struggle, the Indian fell dead from a saber thrust.
Pinkston wears the campaign uniform prescribed for cavalry in 1872. This consisted of a plaited blouse with yellow cavalry piping, and a black, folding hat. Neither of these items of clothing proved to be very popular with the troops! He also wears 1872-pattern sky blue kersey trousers and 1872-pattern boots. He wields a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber, and has a Model 1873 Springfield carbine attached to his carbine sling. His equipment consists of one of the 50 sets of 1872-pattern cavalry brace systems that his company was issued with for trial purposes during July-September 1874. He is seated in an 1872 modification of the 1859 McClellan saddle, and his plain grey woolen saddle blanket is army issue.

(Richard Hook)

Elk Creek, 1874

On October 24, 1874, three companies of the 10th Cavalry, under Major George W. Schofield, surprised and captured a large Indian camp near Elk Creek on the Staked Plains in the Texas Panhandle. Depicted here is the ‘personal combat’ that took place between Private Alfred Pinkston, Company M, 10th Cavalry, and a Comanche warrior. After a violent struggle, the Indian fell dead from a saber thrust.

Pinkston wears the campaign uniform prescribed for cavalry in 1872. This consisted of a plaited blouse with yellow cavalry piping, and a black, folding hat. Neither of these items of clothing proved to be very popular with the troops! He also wears 1872-pattern sky blue kersey trousers and 1872-pattern boots. He wields a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber, and has a Model 1873 Springfield carbine attached to his carbine sling. His equipment consists of one of the 50 sets of 1872-pattern cavalry brace systems that his company was issued with for trial purposes during July-September 1874. He is seated in an 1872 modification of the 1859 McClellan saddle, and his plain grey woolen saddle blanket is army issue.

(Richard Hook)



Elk Creek, 1874

On October 24, 1874, three companies of the 10th Cavalry, under Major George W. Schofield, surprised and captured a large Indian camp near Elk Creek on the Staked Plains in the Texas Panhandle. Depicted here is the ‘personal combat’ that took place between Private Alfred Pinkston, Company M, 10th Cavalry, and a Comanche warrior. After a violent struggle, the Indian fell dead from a saber thrust.

Pinkston wears the campaign uniform prescribed for cavalry in 1872. This consisted of a plaited blouse with yellow cavalry piping, and a black, folding hat. Neither of these items of clothing proved to be very popular with the troops! He also wears 1872-pattern sky blue kersey trousers and 1872-pattern boots. He wields a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber, and has a Model 1873 Springfield carbine attached to his carbine sling. His equipment consists of one of the 50 sets of 1872-pattern cavalry brace systems that his company was issued with for trial purposes during July-September 1874. He is seated in an 1872 modification of the 1859 McClellan saddle, and his plain grey woolen saddle blanket is army issue.

(Richard Hook)


   
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