Friday, 18 July 2014

Military History Photo Friday: U.S. Cavalry on the Trail

OK, this is a painting and not a photo, but it's from the great Frederic Remington so I think you'll forgive me. It's titled In the Desert and was painted around 1888, in the final stages of the U.S. Cavalry's struggle with the Apache.

I'm getting into the Old West mindset again. I just signed a contract with Osprey Publishing to write a new title for their Combat series on a soldier's-eye view of the fighting between Apache warriors and U.S. Cavalrymen. Luckily I'm in Oxford right now and the famous Bodleian Library has a huge American collection. I'm burying myself in Old West history all summer, except for the week I'm going to be attending Worldcon.

Having ridden through the desert on a hot Arizona day, I can tell you that Remington captured the feeling perfectly!

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Sean!
I rode on my bike under the hot Arizona sun - hope that's close enough.

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