George Crook on Mule


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Photo of General George Crook on his mule "Apache."

Upon his arrival at Fort Whipple in 1871, Crook quickly began using mules in pack trains to support his many Indian campaigns. He preferred to ride his mule named “Apache” rather than a horse. The April 11, 1866 Arizona Miner contained the following excerpt from General Mason’s general order: “...officers when traveling on public service without troops … will saddle mule and one pack mule.” The U.S. Army regularly used pack mules to carry supplies, including ammunition and artillery, throughout their campaigns.

Photo Courtesy of Bob Baker.


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