Confounded Fate

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
THE WAY WEST

Nineteen-year-old Jack Peate was charged with raising civilian scouts to join Forsyth’s Scouts in the Saline and Solomon valleys north of Fort Harker.

That region had suffered a terror-driven raid in August of 1868. Through Peate’s efforts the majority of 32 men signed up to fight Indians at the fort. However, Gen. Philip Sheridan had charged Maj. George A. Forsyth with the task of raising 50 experienced frontiersmen. Having fallen short of the target, Peate returned to the Saline valley.

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