Dismounted Drill on parade ground, Fort Davis, Company I, Ninth U. S. Cavalry, ca. 1875. Tasks of the soldiers ranged from tedious routine—guard duty, fatigue duty, and drills—to the sometimes less monotonous field assignments—patrolling, escorting settler caravans and mail coaches, and the infrequent but more dangerous major expeditions against the Indians. Photograph courtesy Fort Davis NHS.
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