Previously: Both knew the invitation would be rejected, and the arriving troopers from Fort Snelling would be more inclined to take-over the outpost.
Cooper and Boomer rode up to the commanding officer of the troop, “Good day Captain…”
“Schultze, Rolf Schultze, Colonel,” the officer replied, “By order of Major-General…”
“You are ordered to place me under arrest and take command of Outpost Waanaki`.”
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“That’s correct, Colonel. You will hand over your pistols and sabres…”
“I will not, Schultze,” Cooper smiled, “My orders come directly from President U. S. Grant—you’ve been trumped.”
“I suggest you back down, Captain,” Boomer lowered his Farkleberry-Henry .44-40 to bear directly at Schultze’s chest, “You are in deep peril.”
Rolf Schultze was not a bright man—but he was a veteran of the 1862 Indian Wars in and around his hometown of New Ulm in southern Minnesota.
He was also a friend of Governor Horace Austin and Colonel Steele, commander of Fort Snelling.
He was about to order his men to engage when a cavalry column trotted into Williams’ Station.
Captain Silverthorn’s troop arrived in Williams’ Station!
Seeing native and negro troopers mixed with white troopers stunned Schultze—and when he realized the troopers were commanded by a damned injun; he was apoplectic, his face flushed bright red.
Never in his life had he imagined such a thing. He’d built his career fighting the Dakotah. It had been a good career, b’God—Injuns shouldn’t be anywhere but on reservations, or hanged.
Sure, there were Negro soldiers during the War Between the States—but they were commanded by white officers!
Finally he couldn’t control his rage, “CHARGE THE BASTARDS!”
Cooper and Boomer were taken completely by surprise.
To be continued…