Here's to the Ladies
Stories of the Frontier Army
Publication Year: 2013
“Kathleen Flaherty’s Long Winter” weaves a tale of an Irish woman who has no choice but to marry a man she barely knows after the death of her husband leaves her penniless. She struggles with isolation and the cruelty of the others in the fort because of her rapid marriage. In the end, hers is a story of loss, love, and survival.
But these are not all love stories. In “Mary Murphy” one soldier reflects about the hard life of a laundress. “A Season for Heroes” tells of a buffalo soldier named Ezra Freeman, a true hero to one officer’s family.
The collection concludes with “Jesse MacGregor.” The narrator, John, looks back on an Apache attack in the desert. After his detail’s captain is killed and John is injured, authority falls to surgeon Jesse MacGregor. The account of their struggle to fight hunger, thirst, the elements, and of course, the Apaches, is mesmerizing.
Kelly does not leave comedy out of her collection. “Fille de Joie” is a charming story of a married couple reunited after an almost two-year separation. The wife is arrested after the two make too much noise during their afternoon tryst. She is charged with being a fille de joie, and the comedy ensues.
Kelly’s work will find an audience among those interested in feminist literature, American history, fiction, and nonfiction.
Published by: TCU Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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...bien Judy Alter, director of Texas Christian University Press, invitedme to write the introduction to Here's to the Ladies: Stories of the FrontierArmy, I began to ask myself why I wrote these stories in the first place andwhy they have such a hold on me. I have written many books since Iwrote some of these stories, but none that I hold in comparable affection....
Such Brave Men
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...' little paint will make all the difference," Hart Sanders said as heEmma stood on tiptoe to whisper in her husband's ear. She didn'twant to offend the quartermaster sergeant, who was leaning against thedoor and listening (she was sure). "Hart, what are these walls made of?"Hart turned to the sergeant in the doorway. The man straightened...
We Shall Meet, but We Shall Miss Him
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...ieutenant Mclver stood in front of the window, rocking back and forthon his heels. He looked over his shoulder at the sergeant straighteningsome papers on his desk. "Better take a look, sergeant. There they go."Captain Burnett hunched over in his saddle. The wind was blowing asusual, and the men rode with their collars turned up and their caps...
Fille de Joie
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...'ure and simple, it was a case of acute necessity. If Hugh Marsh had towait one more week for his wife to show up at Fort Fetterman, he knewhe would explode. Little pieces of him would careen off and fill the airbetween the Platte and Powder Rivers like so many cottonwood seeds. Thearmy would be short—but probably not missing—one second lieutenant....
Kathleen Flaherty's Long Winter
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...decided early that the worst part was the waiting. She didn't mind thegovernment food; it was better than anything she had grown up eating.The government housing scarcely troubled her; she had been raised in aslum. Waiting for Johnny to return from a patrol was the worst of all.would. She believed him, but there was always that moment when she...
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A was really his lieutenant's fault that Captain Starbuck was feelingso out-to-pasture. He could tell that something was bothering Norton,and Starbuck hoped that when his lieutenant finally spilled the beans,he wouldn't have to launch into some kind of counseling he wasn'tNorton finally came out with it after Guard Mount when the two of...
Casually at Post
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.../he first steamboat of the season to tie up at Fort Buford's landingusually meant general rejoicing in the Fred Pierce household but not thisevening. That morning, when his orderly had trundled what seemed likea bushel basket onto his desk in the post hospital, his anticipation of apleasant hour or two reading old newspapers had been considerably...
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...can't really say that I met her, because no one introduced us then, and noI was just out of the academy. It was August, and after graduation inJune, I had rushed through a furlough at Newport Beach with my folks,and then received my orders to Company K, Second Cavalry, garrisonedat Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory. According to my orders, I was to...
A Season for Heroes
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...zra Freeman died yesterday. I don't usually read the obituaries; atleast I didn't until after Pearl Harbor. With four grandsons in the servicenow and one of them based in the Solomons and missing over a placecalled Rabaul, or some such thing, I generally turn to the obituaries afterThere it was, right at the bottom of the column, in such small print...
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...3se and I went to the moving pictures last night. The feature wassomething called Twelve Brave Men and was supposed to be (according toa review in the Carlsbad Current) a "gripping, suspense-filled saga of thereal cavalry in the Old West." Naturally, we went. Toward the end of thepicture, there was a scene where the cavalry patrol is pinned down under...
About the Author
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...collection came from her experiences in Fort Laramie National HistoricSite's living history program where she wore period clothing andassumed various personae, as she offered visitors a glimpse into history.She divides her time between Fort Union in the summer, and ValleyCity, North Dakota, the rest of the year, where her husband teaches at...
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Publication Year: 2013