John Horse

John Horse’s men had only single load rifles, mostly of vintage type, and when they had discharged their first volley it failed to turn the Indians who just kept coming at them. As the men scrambled to reload their weapons, John Horse stepped out in front of his men and levelled his own empty weapon at the oncoming chief, taking deliberate and careful aim.

He had always been a crack shot and the Indians knew it. When the chief saw John’s rifle directed straight at him he lost his nerve and swerved his horse, all those behind following him, thus breaking the charge and giving John Horse’s men and boys time to complete their reload.


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