Verbatim of Tape Narrated by Alton Ashcraft Page: 2
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We begin to learn that the tongue of a wagon was not a tongue but a pole, and
the bristol was not a bristol but a polio, and on and on. You are probably not
aquainted with these terms today so I'm sure that they, they're probably just
be born to you. If you've ever been around a wagon team some of these terms as
I use will probably not be tc identifiable by you.
The first thing we learned in the service after we begin training was to
ride. Course being in a horse artillery, you could figure that the first thing
you had to do was ride, Well I along with several other guys thought that I
knew how to ride, but to learn to ride calvery style is something to be remem-
bered. We had what was called a McCullan saddle, which if you have never
ridden on one, it is very uncomfortable, but learn to ride we did. nur ;horses
proved to be alot smarter than we were. Then we learned to drive a te4&m, the
guns and casons which are the vehicles that follow behind the guns and carriages,
than theres a cason and a carriages, and the cason is used to carry the guns for
the field artillery. These vehicles were pulled by 3 steams, 6 horses driven by
3 men hoc were each mounted on a rear horse of each team. The teams consisted
of a wheel team, a swang team and a lead team. The lead team were generally
real light horses in white. The swang team a little heavier, the wheel team
much heavier. The wheel team were actually the brakes for the gun or the cason
we were pulling. They were butching on their horses so they could sit back and
the horned britching and stop the gun or cason before it ran into the 4 horses
Every morning we went out in the open country east of Ft. Bliss which than
was nothing but boondocks or just rugh mosquet country with sand dumes and full
rabbit burrs and sand niles, and they were really called boondocks.
We sometimes would menuver at full speed of our horses, which horses were
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Verbatim of Tape Narrated by Alton Ashcraft, paper, 1976; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88094/m1/2/: accessed July 10, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Marfa Public Library.