As the animals Hurst was looking for were mules, if they were pack mules they would have been assigned to the Quartermaster Department, not any specific regiment. If there was a second brand besides the US brand, it would have likely been QD for Quartermaster Department, oddly enough a brand that could just as easily have been altered with the illicit D8 iron as the US brand.
Whether Wyatt knew a running iron from a clothing iron makes no difference. The fact is that the U.S. brand had been altered to D8 and this was witnessed by Lt. Hurst. Since the second brand was never... more
Re: Makes no difference, Tom — Wayne Sanderson,Mon Aug 22 22:09
Pack mules would be marked as you say, Quartermaster Dept., and some mules were used for working the rugged mountainsides of the Huachucas and Dragoons. Fort Kearny was just Camp Kearny at the time, not... more
...Bob, just wanted to make a note on your response to Tom, something that registered late as often happens with me. There is no reason to believe Hurst saw the changed brand on the mules as it is... more
Bob Your "perhaps the reason they were stolen" is just speculation and Wyatt needs all that he can get. The fact one brand had been altered to D8 and the other brand was not mentioned is more likely... more
Tom and Joyce, without realizing it, y'all are kicking me while I'm down. My central air conditioning went down and the entire system needs to replaced so we are roughing it in a hotel currently and I... more
...how miserable you and the family must feel. Be assured that we are most sympathetic. Aside from the inconvenience and discomfort I am sure the additional layout of financial stress is almost unbearable;... more