GREAT IMAGE SHOWING MEMBERS OF THE 8TH US CAVALRY SHOEING HORSES CIRCA 1890’S – ALL ID’D

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View shows six members of Troop A, 8th US Cavalry at Fort Meade, South Dakota working on shoeing horses. Visible in the background are several wood buildings. The men and horse in the foreground are in an open area just in front of the buildings. Visible above their heads is a tether line to which the horses are tied.

Standing at left observing the group is a soldier identified as Rolly Eggleston. He wears a light colored slouch hat with dark five-button blouse, light trousers and knee high boots.

The next soldier is crouching in the background holding the hoof of a horse. He is identified as Walter Miller. He wears a light slouch hat, dark shirt and vest with light trousers.

The third man is identified as Martin Dwyer. He sits at a bench in the foreground and is posed working on repairing a stirrup. He wears a dark shirt with light suspenders and dark trousers. The sleeves of the shirt are rolled up.

Fourth in in the group is John Zeitler. He stands watching a farrier shoe a horse. He wears a dark kepi and dark five-button sack coat, light trousers and knee-high boots. He also wears his sword belt with 1872 rectangular belt plate with his saber attached.

Next is a soldier holding a broom. He is identified as Louis Winnterlich. He wears a light slouch hat with dark shirt and light trousers.

The last man in the group is Sergeant John M. O’Conner. He is posed holding the back left hoof of a horse in one hand with a farrier’s hammer in the other. He wears a light slouch hat and dark shirt. Over his trousers he wears a pair of farrier’s overalls.

Image meas. approx. 8.50 x 5.25 inches. It has good clarity and contrast. Paper and mount have moderate to heavy surface dirt.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for EASTMAN’S…STURGIS AND FT. MEAD, SO. DAKOTA. Top of reverse has the names of all the soldiers and states that they are from Troop A, 8th Cavalry.

Rolly Eggleston was born in 1869 in Ohio. He served as a blacksmith in Company A, 8th US Cavalry and Company B, 6th US Cavalry from 1890-1898. He died on March 29, 1914 and is buried in Wesleyan Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

John Zeitler was born in Germany on January 18, 1850. Nothing is known about his military service other than that he served for a time in Troop A, 8th US Cavalry. He died in Rock Island, Illinois June 28, 1927 and is buried there in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Unfortunately, the other men will take more time than we have to research. Their information will have to be left for the next owner of the image to uncover.  [ad]

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