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12087  8th Cavalry Bandsman with Sword and Dog
Cabinet card of a bandsman holding his sword and leaning on a pillar with a
fluffy black dog sitting on top.

This unit saw lots of action against the Indians and this company had at least
two members win the CMOH for actions against the Indians.  In May 1888, the
regiment prepared for the longest march ever taken by a cavalry regiment.
With the increased number of settlers moving to the Northwest United States,
the regiment was ordered to march more than 2,600 miles (4,200 km) to its new
regimental headquarters located at Fort Meade, South Dakota and station at
Fort Keogh, Montana. Some of its march was along the famous Santa Fe Trail
in New Mexico, near which carvings on large boulders and trees still gives
mute testimony of the troops on the longest of all trails.      $175