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Humboldt Road Expedition
Stalwart members of the 2nd California Cavalry, Company "F", braved the incoming winter storm to conduct a patrol of the Humboldt Rd in Butte Meadows.
Date(s): Nov 1st-2nd. Album by 2nd cal cav member. 1 - 64 of 64 Total. 288 Visits.
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Shiloh as acting pack animal
"Oh, the humanity!"

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Taking charge
1st Sgt. Baldwin looking decidedly undecided.

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Pvt. Shannon
New mount "Bandit" joins the Company.

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1st Sgt. Baldwin
"Whatsamatter, you've never seen water fall from the sky before? Route march, FORWARD"!

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Creek crossing
Pvt. Hennison negotiates Colby Creek.

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1st Sgt. Baldwin
Posing for an "In Charge" photo moment.

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Plodding along
F-R: Pvts. Shannon, Hennison, Wilson.

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Scouting ahead
Sgt. Duncan and mount, Gunner, taking the advance for a pleasant change.

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Pvt. Hennison
Riding mount "Cody".

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Making good time
1st Sgt. Baldwin on mount "Storm" ahead of Pvt. Wilson on "Domingo", leading our newly re-assigned pack animal.

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Through the meadow

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On the trail

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Pvt. Hennison

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On the trail
Passing several campsites in favor of one spotted on an earlier patrol.

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Pvt. Ashley Lyman
Riding mount "Palo".

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No, we're going THIS way
Sgt. Duncan watches as Pvt. Shannon has a "discussion" with his new mount.

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Breif pause
Awaiting the return of the advanced scout.

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We camp here
Arrival at overnight camp area.

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Sgt. Duncan
Taking care of the pack animal.

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Pvt. Wilson
"Does it seem to have gotten colder?"

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1St Sgt. Baldwin
"Stop horsing around and get camp set up".

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Pvt. Shannon
"My left knee is beginning to ache.."

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1st Sgt. Baldwin
"Whatsamatter, you've never seen ice fall from the sky before? Work faster!"

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Tents going up
Snow continues.

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Camp of Cavalry
New dusting of snow.

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Rain fly
A structure over the fire to keep it dry- Seems like a good idea...

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Smokehouse
..Or, maybe not.
The first rule of low smokehouse: Don't stand up in low smokehouse.


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Picket line
Camp in background.

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1st Sgt. Baldwin
Surveying his new domain as horses have dinner.

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Around the campfire
Sun coming out.

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Around the campfire

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Clouds abate
Turns out to be a nice afternoon.

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Drying firewood
Making coffee.

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Campfire meeting
Discussing punishment ideas for absentee troopers.
"I was sick, you bastards! ..."
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Pome tree
These are quite rare.

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Inspecting the Company "Street"
More like a "Company Court". Tents set up with "feet to the fire" for warmth.
"That is actually one fine ..."
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"And here's a horse"
Into the chilly night, 1st Sgt. Baldwin entertains the cold and weary troopers with shadow puppets on the overhead canvas. Camp morale much improved.
"I was not aware the 1st Sg..."
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A frosty morning

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Chow call
Morning meal of bacon, biscuits, canned fruit and coffee.

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Camp of Cavalry

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Thanks a lot, Dad.
"Take it off! The other horses are making fun of me".

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Grazing at sunrise
"Palo" enjoys his own breakfast.

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Cav mount "Gunner"

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Sunrise peaking through

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Missed it by that much
Okay, I know I said that if we set up camp here, we will have the morning sun. Gimme a break. It was cloudy and I didn't have a compass. I only missed it by about 60 feet!

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Pvt. Shannon
You can become Corporal once you grow into this.

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Hearty troopers and mounts
The morning patrol to Colby Mountain begins.

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Manzanita fields

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Patrolling the mountain

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Patrolling the mountain

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Taking a break
About half way there.

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Taking a break
Note Cpl. Whiting "out of uniform". The folly of forgetting his sack coat at Camp Bidwell for the coldest ride of the year was punishment enough.

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Ascending rapidly

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Top of the mountain
Foothills and Sacramento Valley in background.

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Patrol at the top
Mt. Lassen in background.

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CAPTURED! Confederate signal station
Yeah, so it's really a fire lookout. Sue me.

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Troopers at the top
L-R: 1st Sgt. Baldwin, Pvt. Shannon, Pvt. Wilson and "Cpl." Whiting.
Photo courtesy of Pvt. Hennison


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1st Sgt. Baldwinn
"Whatsamatter, you never seen sunlight before? And where's your sack coat?"

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Pvt. Shannon and Bandit
Breaking camp, heading out.

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Staunch reminder
Thinking about our beloved but absent commander.

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Heading out
The return march begins.

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Maintaining a safe distance
Zuni keeping back from "that pack horse bastard who kicked me earlier".
"Good one Shiloh! That's my..."
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Pvt. Shannon

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