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A PIONEER BOYHOOD
active in the terrible massacres that took place in Min-
nesota in 1862.
Father was a Major of the militia that organized for
protection against this outbreak. Excitement was tense
when one evening word came that the savages were within
a few miles of Long Lake, or about twenty miles north of
St. Paul, and the militia were instructed to meet at our
farm at daybreak and march against them. How dis-
tinctly I remember sitting up the most of that night help-
ing my father mould bullets for the anticipated encounter
on the morrow. The militia assembled according to sched-
ule and galloped away, leaving a weeping family at our
home. The wily enemy, however, had disappeared, and
no blood was shed.
Shortly after this, while going through the woods one
day my father ran across an old muzzle-loading army
musket, which he brought home, and, as I had just been
taught to operate a shotgun, he gave it to me. It was very
rusty, but I spent several days cleaning it up, and, as we
had a fine twenty-acre grove just north of our house
where game was always abundant, I loaded it and sallied
forth. Soon I ran across an animal which appeared to be
a rabbit and immediately blazed away, bringing down
both myself and the quarry, for the old musket worked
forcefully at both ends. Almost stunned, I finally got up,
retrieved my game, and staggered home, only to be in-
formed that I had been mistaken in my diagnosis of the
species, and a burial of my clothes was ordered.
My memories of childhood also include episodes of the
Civil War, in which five uncles and several cousins par-
ticipated, receiving their training at Fort Snelling, just a
few miles from home. I remember particularly the in-
tense pleasure experienced on occasional visits there
when watching General Gorman putting the raw recruits
through their paces. Two of my uncles were members of
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Hoyt, Henry Franklin. A Frontier Doctor, book, 1929; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143532/m1/25/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.