Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe

 -  I believe that Mrs. Hunt, however, was almost as
much afraid of the pistol as she was of the Indians - Page 80
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I Believe That Mrs. Hunt, However, Was Almost As Much Afraid Of The Pistol As She Was Of The Indians.

Ten minutes after the shots were fired there was perfect silence throughout the garrison, and we knew absolutely nothing of what was taking place around us.

Not one word did we dare even whisper to each other, our only means of communication being through our hands. The night was intensely dark and the air was close - almost suffocating.

In this way we sat for two terrible hours, ever on the alert, ever listening for the stealthy tread of a moccasined foot at a corner of the house. And then, just before dawn, when we were almost exhausted by the great strain on our strength and nerves, our husbands came. They told us that a company of infantry had been quite near us all the time, and that a troop of cavalry had been constantly patrolling around the post. I cannot understand how such perfect silence was maintained by the troops, particularly the cavalry. Horses usually manage to sneeze at such times.

There is always a sentry at our corner of the garrison, and it was this sentinel who was attacked, and it is the general belief among the officers that the Indians came to this corner hoping to get the-troops concentrated at the beat farthest from the stables, and thus give them a chance to steal some, if not all, of the cavalry horses. But Mr. Red Man's strategy is not quite equal to that of the Great Father's soldiers, or he would have known that troops would be sent at once to protect the horses.

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