United States Cavalry, circa 1904

A troop of the United States Cavalry posing by a giant fallen tree, circa 1904. This image comes from the souvenir picture book In and About Portland, Oregon.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2004-002.138.


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9 thoughts on “United States Cavalry, circa 1904

  1. I don’t believe this is anywhere around Portland…or even Oregon for that matter. It appears to show a giant sequoia with sugar pine. A reverse Google image search provides this: “1898 photo of the 4th Cavalry Division and was shot is Calavaras Co., Sierra Nevada.”

  2. My first thoughts before reading the comments “that’s a sequoia and sugar pines in the back that’s not here.” Good to see I’m not the only tree nerd 🙂

  3. It would seem the souvenir book had a rather generous idea of what was considered “in and about Portland, Oregon.”

  4. Douglas firs used to get almost as big as sequoias as any one who has hiked the mile or so up the trail behind the Oregon caves and seen the “giant tree” can attest to. Photos don’t do it justice. But yeah that pic not from the immediate area.

  5. Technically, the horses are considered gray in color. The US Cavalry preferred solid colored horses, and would typically separate them into a single color for each company or troop to make it easier for soldiers to maintain or regain position within their units during the confusion of battle. The random, leftover solids, piebalds and pintos were usually relegated to Troop M (the last troop in the regiment), which was often referred to as the “Calico Company”. Of course, this planned uniformity rarely lasted long after the first battle in a long engagement, after which cavalrymen would be resupplied with whatever horses could be found.

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