ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY
By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
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The remainder of Company C was brought back to Fort Laramie in February, 1867, and recruited and reorganized under Lieutenant Thomas J. Gregg. L Company returned to Fort Laramie in March, but D Company remained at Fort Phil Kearney until June, 1868, when the post was abandoned. During the year 1867, the regiment was busy on the various duties of a frontier garrison in that perilous era. Military telegraph lines were repaired by the troops, mostly as a result of destruction by Indians. They were also busy escorting engineers and trains on the road to Fort C. F. Smith. In January and March, Troop M made two noteworthy scouts for Indians toward Lauren’s Fork and Moore’s Ranch. Although the weather was so severe it seemed many men and horses would be lost, because of the fine spirit shown by everyone, the command made the marches without losing a soldier.
On May 23, Troop E was called upon to come to the rescue of a wagon train in the vicinity of Bridger’s Ferry. The Indians were trying to surprise the train by sneaking through a gulch that ran into the river just below where the train was corralled. They were so intent upon their scheme that they did not notice the approach of the troop. As they started to charge the train, the troop galloped right among them, breaking up the attack and killing several. Two men of the troop were killed in this action.