"Marching in the Desert"

Frederic Remington

From “A Scout With the Buffalo Soldiers” by Frederic Remington

“On the trail ahead I saw a Lieutenant throw himself on the ground.  I followed his example, for I was nearly ‘done for.’  I had never felt a rock as soft as the one I sat on.  It was literally downy.  The old troop-horse heaved a great sigh, and dropping his head fast asleep, as every good soldier should do when he finds the opportunity.  The Negro troopers sat about, their black skins shining with persperation, and took no interest in the matter in hand.  They occupied such time in joking and merriment as seemed fitted for growling.  They may be tired and they may be hungry but they do not see fit to augment their misery by finding fault with everybody and everything.  In this particular they are charming men with who to serve.”

“In due time the march continued without particular incident, and at last the scout ‘pulled in’ to the home post, and I again sat in my easy-chair behind the lattice-work, firm in the conviction that soldiers, like other men, find more hard work than glory in their calling.”

This photograph shows “Marching in the Desert” by Frederic Remington, c. 1888.

2014.7.3, Courtesy of The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections