By Jeff Savage
James McCauley stood watch over his herd of livestock within the middle of the night darkness. hurricane clouds plastered the sky. abruptly, a clap of thunder stirred the livestock. apprehensive by way of the loud sound, the farm animals have been off and working. Stampede! McCauley's horse received jittery, and took him in each course. McCauley used to be misplaced! The lifetime of a cowboy within the Wild West was once difficult. From branding livestock to farm animals drives, a cowboy labored demanding. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yank cowboys, from rounding up farm animals to the top of an extended force.
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Many cowboys were veterans of the Civil War. cowboys—The men and women who worked on cattle ranches in the West, particularly those who participated in the long drives. cow town—Usually a town at the end of a cattle trail, where the herds were sold and packed into freight cars to be sent east. drag riders—These cowboys followed the herds, protecting the rear and chasing after strays. flank riders—The cowboys who rode alongside the herd, preventing cattle from straying. hands—The name some ranchers preferred to call their cowboys.
Raindrops began to fall. Good thing James was wearing his slicker. The rain came down harder and harder, and soon it was pouring. What a terrific storm! Lightning flashed and thunder clapped. ”1 James’s horse had been trained to stay with the cattle, and so it raced off after the herd with James still in the saddle. The young cowboy was caught in the middle of a stampede. He couldn’t see. He didn’t know what to do. At every crack of lightning and boom of thunder, the herd jumped in fright, changing direction.
American Cowboys. True Tales of the Wild West by Jeff Savage