Previously: Cooper had an idea. He wired his friend, now President Grant, and asked for a commission as US Cavalry Militia, to troubleshoot the frontier—with the provision he could hand-select all potential troopers. The President was delighted that Cooper was returning to serve—and agreed. Grant immediately prepared the commission orders and wired them.
Cooper presented the orders to Grierson, and asked to interview potential recruits.
He select three members of the 10th Cavalry—and, of course, his brother.
Thus Cooper’s Militia was started as the five of them headed to the Dakotas.
Season 9—Chapter 6—Loco Part III—Prologue—Continued…
The five entered South Dakota and soon met-up with disaffected former cavalrymen late of the 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. They left the cavalry as soon as their enlistments were over—refusing to extend as they felt the government and Custer were more interested in war with the native Sioux because of gold found in the Black Hills, than in negotiating peace.
Cooper heard of a novel treaty negotiated with the Ojibwe somewhere in northern Minnesota and decided to investigate. They learned about the treaty and how it was negotiated.
They then traveled to northwestern Minnesota all the way to the Canadian border where they met with RCMP Master Sergeant Murphy Yatkov and learned how they negotiated with their First Nation people.
Lt. Colonel Cooper reported his findings to President Grant, who in turn changed their status from militia to regular US Cavalry and detailed him and his now-expanded troop to Fort Savage with orders to assume command.
Meanwhile…I’m making a change in how I present our stories: I will no longer flip back & forth from the 21st to the 19th Centuries within chapters, but rather remain in one or the other by chapter—making the storyline easier to follow.
Now—to continue our storyline with Chapter 6—Loco Part III—Chapter 1…