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American Cowboys. True Tales of the Wild West by Jeff Savage

By Jeff Savage

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of farm animals within the middle of the night darkness. hurricane clouds plastered the sky. without notice, a clap of thunder stirred the livestock. worried through the loud sound, the livestock have been off and operating. Stampede! McCauley's horse acquired jittery, and took him in each path. McCauley was once misplaced! The lifetime of a cowboy within the Wild West used to be difficult. From branding farm animals to livestock drives, a cowboy labored challenging. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yankee cowboys, from rounding up farm animals to the top of an extended force.

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80. Chapter 5. The Cowboy at Play 1. William H. : Time Life Books, 1973), p. 52. Glossary bunkhouse—The place where cowboys slept on ranches off-season. chuck wagon—A wagon brought along on the long drive to carry supplies and provisions. From here, meals were served to the cowboys. Civil War—The war fought between the northern states (the Union) and southern states (the Confederacy) from 1861 to 1865. Many cowboys were veterans of the Civil War. cowboys—The men and women who worked on cattle ranches in the West, particularly those who participated in the long drives.

He didn’t want to wander too far from the rest of the herd, though, so he returned shortly. He had no idea where the camp was. , 1992 Stampedes were very dangerous for cowboys. Thunder and lightning often caused cattle to stampede, but any loud noise could startle them. James had grown up on a farm in the East, dreaming of someday becoming a cowboy. He had no idea it would be like this. Barely eighteen years old and on his very first cattle drive, he was sitting on a horse with three hundred sleeping cattle at his feet, lost in the dark wilderness.

James was sent floating down the river in a strong current. At the last possible second, he grabbed hold of a steer. ” James reached safety, but he had lost his horse and everything he owned—his saddle, bridle, blankets, and spurs. He rode bareback on a spare horse for a week until the cowboys reached Pueblo, Colorado. There, his friend Scandlous John surprised him with a new saddle. Eventually, the cowboys arrived at their destination—Miles City, Montana. James was so relieved. He had survived the cattle drive.

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