Previously: “There is little such prejudice in Moosehead County.”
“There isn’t now—but there is a column of troops on their way from Fort Snelling…”
“…With all the hangers-on, bringing along their prejudices,” Boomer finished the colonel’s thoughts.”
“We have our work cut-out for us,” Mac concluded—correctly.
Season Ten—Chapter Five—Outpost—Episode 4…The Fort Snelling detachment was approaching Grand Marais—few in number, they were all the commander felt he could spare. Besides, he reasoned, it wasn’t as though they’d be engaging regular army troops.
At the leisurely pace the column moved, it would still be two weeks before they arrived at this village—what was it called? Oh yes, Danger Bay, a tiny village of some fifty or so.
Captain Rolf Schultze, a veteran of the Indian Wars of 1862, commanded the detachment, had no love for the Indian, no sirree, and will soon-enough have his little world turned upside-down upon his arrival in Danger Bay.
Following behind the Ft. Snelling detachment were a small band of individuals who saw opportunity with any military operation—gamblers, outlaws, ladies of dubious reputation—you know, the usual suspects, and confirming Boomer’s observation of the last episode, “…bringing along their prejudices.”
The camp followers outnumbered the soldiers two to one.
“The troop is headin’ for Danger Bay, I figger we should head for Williams Station.”
“Why?” Schmidlap asked.
“I hear-tell there be a trading post there,” Fenton replied, “And it’s been abandoned. Go tell Carlson and his bunch, they’ll partner with us—jes like the old days at Snelling.”
To be continued…