Previously: “I require a captain. Second in command initially, and eventually, outpost commander.”
“Who else are you talking with?”
“Anyone who will listen—and with whom I approve; all are welcome to apply white, black, native—this does not matter. What matters is heart.”
Brave Hawk was silent for several minutes, as he considered what he had learned, “You!”
Season Ten—Chapter 3—General’s Orders—Episode 5…“Me?” Hiram, Jr. startled at being abruptly addressed, “How may I serve you, Grand Uncle?”
“Do you trust this white-eyes?”
“With my life, Uncle.”
“It is done, Colonel, “If you are trusted by one Silverthorn, you are trusted by all.”
Cooper swore Brave Hawk in, and Brave Hawk was just that quickly appointed a Captain in the United States Cavalry.
“There is one problem we must overcome, Colonel,” Captain Brave Hawk Silverthorn voiced a concern, “Most of those we will recruit have other responsibilities and cannot remain tied to the outpost.”
That thought hadn’t crossed Cooper’s mind—and he cursed himself for not realizing this.
“If I may make a suggestion, Colonel?” Boomer had an idea—he has many—few of any value as they are often wise cracks, “As a member of the 20th Century Reserves myself, I can tell you that the majority of reservists were part-time soldiers—but the company had several full-time sergeants and corporals who ran the unit. You only need to find three or four people to fill those positions.”
“The outpost must have ten troopers on duty at all times,” Cooper said, “How many do you think we should recruit?”
“My guess would be forty—in addition to the full-time NCOs.”
“Forty? That we can do, I believe,” Cooper wondered, “Who can we recruit as NCOs?
“Farkleberry!” James Little Wolf Silverthorn exclaimed.
To be continued…